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My Mother is Missing [Feb. 24th, 2008|08:08 pm]
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I really thought she would be found by now. But Since Thurs. Feb. 21, 2008 my mother, Dyane (Dee) Blackford has been missing from her retirement home in Glendale, CA. The reason I'm making an open post for her like this is obvious that I am very concerned and worried about her welfare after 4 days of no leads. The police have been notified since the day of disappearance and we have called every hospital including psych wards and ERs, etc. in the immediate area of Glendale and LA county. Still nothing. What makes us anxious is this; since 2003 my mother's mental health has steadily declined due to a stroke or perhaps a brain haemorrhage we believe she had suffered, but was never properly treated for it in time. As a result, she has dementia brought on by aphasia. The aphasia is caused by atrophy of the brain which was diagnosed from a MRI scan back in 2003. What this means is, she cannot speak or read clearly without assistance anymore. Some days have been better than others for her, but sadly most of the time she cannot speak a full two words and her sentences become gibberish. However, by sight, she still recognizes family and friends, even some places~ but she just wouldn't know how to explain how to get there. She knows how to say hi, bye, yes, no, and if she's hungry she'll rub her stomach. She is in general very friendly. At a glance, she looks very healthy and normal and still walks briskly for her age.
The days here have been colder and rainier than usual and I doubt she was dressed warmly. After going through her wardrobe, I didn't find her coats missing. I can only hope she has found a hot meal and shelter by a good Samaritan at this point. However, there is of course a multitude of scenarios that can occur within 4 days, so I urge anyone out there in our area, in CA, or perhaps even as far as Az, Utah, WA, Canada, Mexico, heck across the entire Nation, to please let us or your local authorities know if you've seen or heard anything that might relate to my mom. I am her only child, I have no other siblings to ask for help with this. Which is why I'll be turning to as many media outlets as possible in hope for a safe, quick return of my mother.

I can't thank all of you enough for taking the time to read this. I hope we can find her asap! Positive thinking everyone.

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Dyane Dee Blackford
Asian American (Japanese)
5'2" salt & peppered black hair ( shoulder length now )
6-05-45 DOB age 62 (looks more like 50)
Last seen wearing tan/khaki pants and black loafers , possibly light colored top. Carries an empty short double strapped black purse.
Answers to Dee.
Last area seen: Glendale, CA on the morning of 2-21-08

~Tavisha
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[User Picture]From: shutterbox
2008-02-26 12:48 am (UTC)

SHE's FOUND!

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Happy news! My mother was found this Monday afternoon at a local LA hospital in good condition, but they still want to run tests and keep her there for overnight observation. She should be returning home by tomorrow. Thank you everyone so so so much for your kind concerns, positive thinking & prayers. I can't thank you enough~!
[User Picture]From: timtylor
2008-02-26 12:59 am (UTC)

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Great to hear it! :D
[User Picture]From: single_path
2008-02-26 01:10 am (UTC)

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Glad to hear! I was about to post my wishes that she would be safely found, when I read this last post. I'm relieved that she's okay!
[User Picture]From: bitpig
2008-02-26 01:36 am (UTC)

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YAAAY!

Thanks be to the Holy Virgin, St. Anne and St. Anthony for prayers answered!
[User Picture]From: jameshanrahan
2008-02-26 02:13 am (UTC)

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Thank goodness.
[User Picture]From: the_kiggy
2008-02-26 02:32 am (UTC)

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Thank God.

That's a Relief!
[User Picture]From: tonysalvaggio
2008-02-26 04:20 am (UTC)

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So good to hear that she is ok! I was about to send the post to my brother in law in LA. I didn't get a chance to post earlier, but my thoughts and prayers went out to you for sure. I hope that everything goes smoothly from here on out. It's good to know that she is ok.
[User Picture]From: thetani
2008-02-26 04:36 am (UTC)

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よっかたですねえ。しんぱかったですねえ。 I'm so happy your worries have come to an end ^_^
[User Picture]From: shadrad
2008-02-26 05:10 am (UTC)

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Oh thank god. I'm really glad, Tavisha.
From: gabycat
2008-02-26 05:02 pm (UTC)

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*HUGS TIGHT!* Thanks to all the good prayers and energy! So happy she's been found safe! *hugs much*
Now get yourself a little rest, you need it!
[User Picture]From: angel_akki
2008-02-26 09:30 pm (UTC)

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YAY sooooo happy to hear the good news!!!
[User Picture]From: crowhen
2008-02-26 10:21 pm (UTC)

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I'm so happy to hear that :) It must be such a relief.
[User Picture]From: divalea
2008-02-26 11:40 pm (UTC)

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My son has disappeared a couple of times. He's autistic, and we were worried sick because he is vulnerable like your mom.
So your worry hit close to home, but I also know what relief you must be feeling, and it makes me so happy.
I hope she checks out okay, and doesn't give you a scare like this again.