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Continuing The Search For Helen David

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WORCESTER CO., Md. -  Three months since Helen David disappeared one afternoon in May, police have been searching for at least a clue about the missing woman's whereabouts, but have come up empty handed.

"Initially, we all were very hopeful that she wandered off and would be found.  We'd find her, she'd come home.  That sort of thing..." says Mike Camillo, Helen David's great-nephew.

Despite nearly three months of searching, neither family, friends, nor law enforcement have seen any sign of 77 year old Helen David.  Her family says David suffered from dementia, and reportedly had a history of wandering off, like she may have done from her home in the South Point area of Worcester County Memorial Day 2013.

Camillo says, "it's very strange that not having some sort of concrete that 'she has passed' or 'hey we found her' which is still a reserved hope that we all have."

The Worcester County Sheriff's Office says the next step is another water search with Maryland Natural Resources Police.

When we asked when that will happen, all we were told is "in the near future."  After that, they hope to do another helicopter search in the fall, after leaves have dropped from the trees.
 
"Due to the canopy cover of the leaves on the trees, it's hard to, from the air, to search down into those wooded and foliage areas," says Lt. Schreier, "we're never going to stop looking for her."

In light of this situation, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents of a free tool, which can help keep an eye on loved ones who may be prone to walking off.

A small, wearable tracking device, called Project Lifesaver, has been available in Worcester County for seven years.  Law enforcement say the coin-sized device is ideal for people with Alzheimer, dementia, and children with autism.

If you are interested in Project Lifesaver, or to provide information on the whereabouts of Helen David, contact the Worcester County Sheriff's Office at (410) 632-1111.

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