BERLIN — The search continued this week for an elderly Berlin woman with dementia and short-term memory loss last seen at her residence on Carefree Lane in Berlin near South Point on Memorial Day.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, May 28, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office received a missing persons report on Helen Stephanie David, 77, of Berlin, from her son Ryan Putney. David lives in the South Point area and was last seen by family members shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, May 27. According to Putney, David suffers from dementia and short-term memory loss.
Throughout last week and in the days since, an extensive search has been conducted in the South Point area and along the Route 611 corridor on the ground, by air and in the water and marshes to no avail. At the height of the search two weeks ago, local law enforcement agencies were assisted by the Civil Air Patrol and search and rescue teams from as far away as the western shore and an army of citizen volunteers combed the woods and properties around South Point by flashlight.
While the effort has been curtailed somewhat as nearly three weeks have now passed, local law enforcement agencies, with assistance from outside sources, continue to search in earnest for the missing woman.
Last Sunday, for example, the Calvert County Search and Rescue teams searched the area along South Point Rd. and the residence on Carefree Lane. The effort included search and rescue dogs and several personnel on foot to no avail.
Again on Tuesday, the Maryland State Police and Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) brought in their Search Management Teams and conducted a detailed grid search of the immediate area. The search will continue this weekend as Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies will be out in force again on ATVs, boats and on foot checking for any signs of David.
David is about 5’6” tall and around 142 pound with salt-and-pepper hair of medium length. When last seen, she was wearing a blue and white blouse with flowers, light blue Capri-style pants, two pairs of white socks and possibly tan Burkenstock sandals.
Anyone with information about David’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-632-1111.