SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—The search for a missing woman with symptoms of dementia has come to an end after police confirm she has been found alive.
Schenectady Police with the help of ENCON forest rangers found 60-year-old Wilma Trotter in the village of Scotia Friday morning, according to Lt. Mark McCracken. Trotter was located under some thick vegetation on the side of a hill in the area of Shonowee Ave and Washington Ave.
Her family says she is at Ellis Hospital for evaluation.
Trotter made an enclosed shelter from the dead brush that covered the side of the hill. She did not leave her enclosure during the past week nor did she consume food or water. Trotter indicated that she had gone to the park for some solitude and rest, and eventually became too weak to move under her own power.
Trotter continually referred to Det. Eric Peters as her “cutie pie hero” and thanked officers for their assistance in locating her.
And the Schenectady Police Department would like to recognize the work of Det. Eric Peters and Det. Paul Steele for their keen observations skills which directly led to the discovery of Trotter. The Schenectady Police Department would also like to thank NYS ENCON for their assistance in the search.
“It was just good to see that people
actually care about people. That they have a love for one another and I'm
thankful for the people that had every effort. The police. The volunteers. The
family members. The friends. I'm just very grateful for everybody's
efforts,” said Trotter's son, David.
According to police, Trotter was last seen when she was dropped off by a cab at a home on Washington Avenue in Scotia. Police say Trotter told the cab driver that she was going to her friend's house, but those living at the home said they do not know the woman.
An air and water search has been conducted in the area but there was sign of Trotter.