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Police Department Uses Facebook To Identify Non-Verbal Westchester Woman

Yonkers Police have successfully identified this 79-year-old Yonkers resident.
Yonkers Police have successfully identified this 79-year-old Yonkers resident. Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The Yonkers Police Department have successfully identified a non-verbal 79-year-old hospital patient after sending out a media release and social media posts Thursday seeking the public's help.

Late Thursday night, a family member observed the post on the Yonkers Police Department Facebook page and immediately contacted this department. She was subsequently identified as a 79-year-old Yonkers resident. Her family had been unaware that she was missing. She was released from the hospital to a family member earlier today.

YPD investigators had been unable to locate anyone in missing person databases who matched her descriptio.

“In this incident, the use of social media resulted in a successful conclusion," Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said. "We are happy that this elderly resident has been safely reunited with her family. I encourage all of our residents to follow our department on our various social media platforms, which will help you stay informed and benefit our community as a whole.”

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