2011-12-21 / Front Page

Sheriff Smith cites extensive cooperation in helping to locate missing woman

Police from five jurisdictions involved
Eric Gross

A Putnam Valley woman spent the holidays with family and friends thanks to the combined effort of law enforcement personnel from five jurisdictions.

Catherine Venditt, 54, was reported missing last week by her family after leaving her Cherry Street home at 7:30 am and never making an appointment in Croton.  When she failed to return police were notified.

The Putnam Sheriff's Department was the lead agency under the direction of Chief Investigator Gerald Schramek. On Christmas-eve Sheriff Don Smith recalled how investigators "worked tirelessly around-the-clock in an attempt to locate the missing woman."

During the investigation, police reached out to their law enforcement partners in Westchester, Dutchess and Ulster counties as well as the State Police.

Police got the break they needed and located Venditti at a motel in the Town of Lloyd in Ulster County 36 hours later. Suffering from depression, she was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie and was admitted for observation.

Sheriff Smith said the case served as a prime example of the "outstanding inter-agency cooperation that occurs each day among law enforcement in the Hudson Valley. Very often the circumstances of a case take us beyond jurisdictional boundaries. It's gratifying to know that we can efficiently interface with neighboring agencies in order to achieve results for the public we serve."

 

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