2012-07-18 / Front Page

UPDATED: Missing Putnam Valley man found

Had wandered away in the Bronx
Eric Gross

An elderly Putnam Valley man suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's who walked away from a parked vehicle in the Bronx Wednesday has been found outside a construction site in Manhattan.

Ely Semidey, 78, suffered from dehydration, according to Sheriff's Department Captain William McNamara who said he was treated at a local hospital and released to his family.

McNamara said Semidey was seen by a group of construction workers at 11:30 p.m. Thursday who became suspicious due to his disheveled appearance and inability to communicate with them.

When first receiving the report of the missing the Sheriff's Department sent a "missing vulnerable adult alert message" to all police agencies throughout New York State as well as contacting the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Missing Persons Clearinghouse.

 

Earlier story, from Thursday: Police are asking the public for its assistance in finding an elderly Putnam Valley man who authorities say suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's.

Ely Semidey, 78, walked away from a parked vehicle in the Bronx on Wednesday. New York City Police was contacted by family members who notified the Putnam Sheriff's Department in Carmel.

Chief Investigator Gerald Schramek said after receiving the complaint, his department sent a "missing vulnerable adult alert message" to all police agencies throughout New York State as well as contacting the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Missing Persons Clearinghouse.

Schramek said the Sheriff's Department was also working closely with Semidey's family.

The missing man is described as a white male who is bald with brown eyes, standing 5-feet tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue collared shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. Schramek said Semidey may be in need of medication.

Anyone knowing Semidey's whereabouts is asked to call their nearest police department or the Sheriff's Department at 225-8060.

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