No New Leads In Missing Woman Case

No New Leads In Missing Woman Case
No New

BERLIN — Four months after her mysterious disappearance, the search continues for an elderly Berlin woman who has not been seen since Memorial Day.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, May 28, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office received a missing persons report for Helen Stephanie David, 77, of Berlin, from her son Ryan Putney. David lived on Carefree Lane in the South Point area and was last seen by family members around 3 p.m. the day before, which was Memorial Day Monday. According to Putney, David suffers from dementia and short-term memory loss.
An extensive search was conducted in the South Point area and along the Route 611 corridor on the ground, by air and in the water to new avail. At the height of the search effort, local law enforcement agencies were assisted by the Civil Air Patrol and search and rescue teams from as far away as the western shore of Maryland and an army of citizen volunteers combed the woods and properties around South Point with flashlights.
Over four months later, David has not been located although the search continues. No new leads have been uncovered and the trail has run cold, but local law enforcement agencies have not given up on the effort to find David, according to Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lieutenant Ed Schreier.
“There is not any new information,” said Schreier this week. “It is still an open case and there are periodic searches conducted.”
While the search continues, the effort has certainly been scaled back months after David’s disappearance. The search was bolstered initially by the Delaware Search and Rescue K-9 group, an all-volunteer citizen agency with decades of experience in the recovery of missing persons, particularly those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Calvert County Search and Rescue team was also enlisted to help with the search.
Early on, the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) brought in their Search Management Team and conducted a detailed grid search of the immediate area. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has also been out routinely searching in force on ATVs, boats and on foot searching for any signs of the missing Berlin woman.
David is about 5’6” tall and around 142 pound with salt-and-pepper hair of medium length. Anyone with information about David’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-632-1111.