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Police: Missing Woman in New Canaan Found [UPDATE]

The overnight search for an escaped Silver Hill Hospital patient has ended, police confirmed.

[Editor's Note: Updates to the article below are taken from police scanner dispatches from the New Canaan Police Department.]

Update 10:37 a.m.

A robocall from Lt. Vincent DeMaio of the went out moments ago, informing residents that the missing person had been found safely. The following also was sent via an email blast to subscribers of the town's notification system:

"On March 22, 2012 at approximately 3:42 pm, New Canaan Police were notified of a possibly suicidal person missing from Silver Hill Hospital. Police officers responded and a command post was established. An extensive search of the area was begun by emergency services personnel from New Canaan, Wilton, Connecticut State Police and the Fairfield County Field Com 1 unit. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members from Wilton and New Canaan aided in the search efforts. The search utilized the Connecticut State Police helicopter: Trooper 1, multiple canine search teams and extensive foot searches by emergency services personnel. The search continued throughout the night.

"At approximately 8:05 am on March 23, 2012 the missing person was located on Pastures Lane in New Canaan by a canine team from the Connecticut State Police. The patient was found injured but in stable condition. The patient was treated at the scene for injuries and exposure and then transported to Norwalk Hospital Emergency Department by New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance for further treatment."

Update 10 a.m.

The following press release was issued moments ago by New Canaan police Lt. Vincent DeMaio:

"On March 22, 2012 at approximately 3:42 pm, New Canaan Police were notified of possibly suicidal person missing from Silver Hill Hospital. Police officers responded and a command post was established. An extensive search of the area was begun by emergency services personnel from New Canaan, Wilton, Connecticut State Police and the Fairfield County Field Com 1 unit. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members for Wilton and New Canaan aided in the search efforts. The search utilized the Connecticut State Police helicopter: Trooper 1, multiple canine search teams and an extensive foot searches by emergency services personnel. The search continued throughout the night.

"At approximately 8:05 am on March 23, 2012 the missing person was located on Pastures Lane in New Canaan by a canine team from the Connecticut State Police. The patient was found injured but in stable condition. The patient was treated at the scene for injuries to her wrist and exposure then transported to Norwalk Hospital Emergency Department by New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance for further treatment."

Update 9:41 a.m.

Police identified the person who had been missing as a white female, 46 (photo attached). Update: The user-uploaded photo of the missing woman has been removed from this article.

Update 9:11 a.m.

Officer Geoffrey Lambert of the New Canaan Police Department has confirmed that the missing person from Silver Hill Hospital has been found.

"They found her, they're all set," he said.

Friday 9:02 a.m.

Police are directing officers to speak to a resident at a Valley Road residence, where someone may have discovered property belonging to the individual who has been missing since last night.

Update 11:58 p.m.

New Canaan police are calling all units to Silver Hill Hospital, to put officers into teams.

Update 11:35 p.m.

New Canaan police are discussing the staffing plan for Friday's day shift.

Patch has added an interactive map tracking where police searched for the missing person and reported sightings late Thursday.

Update 11:10 p.m.

One of two escapees from Silver Hill reportedly has returned, according to police dispatches. Police seeking to find the still-missing person, reportedly female, say she had a credit card or at least access to a credit card and cash, but no cellphone.

Update 11:07 p.m.

Report from police that "second patient is back."

Update 11:04 p.m.

Police say they have an escapee from Silver Hill Hospital who likely would have headed in the direction of Silvermine Road.

Update 11:01 p.m.

Report that state police will not be able to fly again tonight as they've exceeded their flight hours. A helicopter had been dispatched at the start of tonight's search.

Update 10:56 p.m.

Police are asking whether there is "anybody that could have possibly picked her up."

Wilton police are seeking to obtain a photo of the missing person from the individual's family, police say.

Update 10:50 p.m.

Police checking in the area of Weed Street and Sunset Hill Road say they made no contact with the individual described.

Update 10:43 p.m.

Police also are looking into a report of a woman with "a bunch of bags" walking on Weed Street near Sunset Hill Road. The area is on the other side of town from Valley Road, where the missing person search commenced.

Update 10:34 p.m.

Police are being asked to check on report of a teen walking north on Canoe Hill Road between Brushy Ridge and Ferris Hill Roads.

Update 10:28 p.m.

New Canaan police are seeking assistance from Wilton Police in helping to identify whether the missing person has returned home. Police say relatives of the missing person are at "the hospital." The closest hospital to Valley Road in New Canaan, where the search commenced, is Silver Hill Hospital, a psychiatric facility.

Update 10:21 p.m.

Police say a second dog is arriving via state police.

Original Article

Lt. Fred Pickering of the New Canaan Police Department issued the following information in an email blast and robocall to town residents:

"The New Canaan Police Department along with the Wilton Police Department and the Connecticut State Police are currently in the process of searching for a missing person in the Valley Rd. area of New Canaan. We are using a helicopter provided by the Connecticut State Police as well as numerous search dogs. We ask that all residence stay inside their homes. This will assist us in our search."

Police spokespeople were not immediately available for comment.

New Canaan Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

Turk March 23, 2012 at 01:49 PM
with you 100%!!
Turk March 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
take a look at the paper yesterday ......Heroin at NCHS
Roy A. Abramowitz March 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Kudos to NCPD for saving a life. The reason they asked that you remain inside was because a state police helicopter with heat seeking technology was being utilized. Therefore if you were outside walking around they woulg get false positives. Since it appears the female injured her wrists time was of the essence to: "save her life" They used the correct protocol.
eyespy235 March 23, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Wow! Roy A. that is great information. Heat seeking technology? False positives? You are a brilliant man. New Canaan is lucky to have you.
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:20 PM
"robo-call was too vague, "stay indoors" implying there was imminent danger and putting fear in people for no good reason" — Dan Pritchard via New Canaan Patch Twitter account (https://twitter.com/#!/newcanaanpatch) "The "stay inside" was over the top and caused fear thinking there was a threat to the community." — Stephanie Goodman, via New Canaan Patch Twitter account (https://twitter.com/#!/newcanaanpatch)
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Just spoke to New Canaan Police Lt. Vincent DeMaio regarding the communication from the town. Mr. Abramowitz is correct. Here is what DeMaio said: "We did have Trooper One up in the air and they use heat-seeking capabilities, infrared. It gives information on multiple parties in the general search area and it helps to keep away interference. Plus we were using canine search teams, so a lot of people in the area will detract dogs. So that was the impetus [for asking individuals to stay indoors]."
eyespy235 March 23, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Nancy, you seem versed on all those privacy laws. With that, said shouldn't Silver HIll be responsible for disseminating the picture of that woman. They must've given it to the police and the police distributed it to the media to help in the search as they do with Amber Alerts and Senior alerts. I only have my GED and don't quite understand. Can you please elaborate on this? Thank you.
Turk March 23, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Right ! Then say it ...!!!
Turk March 23, 2012 at 03:28 PM
a bit late now....for them to send a clear message
Turk March 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM
maybe she would have been helped sooner if police had not put fear out there. maybe someone would have been willing to look out the window instead of hiding in the basement !
eyespy235 March 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Nancy, it was not appropriate according to who? You? Or the HIPPA laws? The issue has to be with Silver Hill. They've become a world-renown hospital because they don't breach confidentially of their patients.
eyespy235 March 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
and did you call the police to see if you could help in the search?
Ty Webb March 23, 2012 at 04:09 PM
No zira? She on spring training with the lax team in Bermuda or?
Lisa March 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
A call from Robo Cop at 10 pm that provided essentially nothing more than "stay in your house" was not the NCPD's finest hour. All it served to do was create mass hysteria and a sleepless night for an entire town. There was no mention of the fact that search was for a patient from Silver Hill which no doubt would have eased fears and drawn sympathy. It seems like a better procedure needs to be put in place as to when and how Robo Cop should be used. I will be deactivating mine until a better plan is in place.
Boyd March 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Anyone have an update on the heavy-set woman with all the grocery bags?
Lisa March 23, 2012 at 07:57 PM
We can't talk about her because she is protected under HIPPO laws. Since she was part of story and possible suspect, there really should be a giant pin on the map by Weed St in her honor
susan March 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I say next time there's an emergency in town, we put Lisa in charge!
Lisa March 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM
It seems like NCPD does their best work in the morning. If I am not mistaken they located that gentlemen who ran his father into the tree in the a.m. also. Maybe the town should ask Dunkin Doughnuts to stay open 24 hrs a day.
R A Leon March 24, 2012 at 12:39 AM
ZIRA TO THE RESCUE Next time there's an emergency in town, we call Zira the wonder dog if she has any hours left and she will broadcast some robobarks. One bark is escaped convict. Two barks is escaped patient. Three barks means she wants to go to the dog run. Don't ignore three barks.
mary parker March 24, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Why is everyone complaining about the Police Department? What about the blame on Silver Hill Hospital for allowing 2 people to escape from their facility. Not keeping a close eye on someone who is suicidal and not having better security in place for patients that are at the hospital. This isn't the first time patients have escaped from Silver Hill. I think there should be some adjustments when this happens in the future but all in all at least we have an alert system and police and residence that are willing to go out and search for missing people.
mary parker March 24, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Also, just wondering why I didn't get the alert call? Do you have to be on a list or pay dues to get called? I found out from a neighbor at 7:00pm that day.
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 03:12 AM
If you found out at 7pm of "that day" then you knew 3 hours before the rest of us. It proves that the good ole pass the word system works better than robo cop. I hope that you stayed in your house.
Jon S. March 24, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Are you still harping on the police? And with donut jokes no less? Come on.
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Ironically Zira is rehabbing at Silver Hill for a drug addiction
okie farber March 24, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Lisa, take your comedy act somewhere else.
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Jon S... I understand the triteness of the doughnut shop joke but the fact is that pretty much every time I am in Dunkin Doughnuts I do see an NC Police officer.
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Ah lighten up Okie. i am just trying to help Patch and Ariana Huffington along in get more site hits for Patch.
Joe Machete March 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I think Lisa is kind of funny, so there!
katie March 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM
lisa stop blowing up my mail.
R A Leon March 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Zira barked 3 times.

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