Reddit helps man locate missing mother in New York
A man asked Reddit users to help him find his missing mother on Tuesday. Josh Goldberg’s mother, May, 59, has early onset Alzheimer’s and went missing from her Upper West Side apartment in the afternoon.Though Goldberg put up fliers and sent his mother’s missing persons notice to several media outlets and the NYPD tweeted her description, it was a Reddit user who recognized Goldberg’s mother in front of the Hyatt 48 Lex. User geryorama wrote:
“Hi guys. I am so glad May will be shortly reunited with her family. I was walking home from work around 9:30-10PM and I noticed May at East 47th and Lexington Avenue. As I saw Josh’s post in the afternoon she looked very familiar. I quickly pulled out my phone and visited this page to ensure it is indeed her. When I realized it’s her, I approached her, asked for her name, told her that her family is looking for her, and took her to Hyatt Hotel lobby to contact the police. The gentleman and lady at the Hyatt front desk were extremely helpful and they contacted the police. Two police officers arrived within 3 minutes. They identified May and I believe they called for an ambulance. In the meantime, I quickly sent a personal message to Josh via Reddit informing him that her mom has been found and that she is with the police.”
The Reddit community applauded geryorama and tagged him “There’s Waldo!” for being able to spot Goldberg’s mother among millions of New Yorkers.
Goldberg also thanked geryorama, writing: “MY MOM HAS BEEN FOUND! She is safe, but she is being checked out at the hospital as a precaution. A million thanks to /u/geryorama for finding her on the street and alerting the authorities. The outpouring of support has been completely overwhelming. My family and I send a HUGE thank you to the entire Reddit community. You are amazing. Thank you.”
A NYPD spokesperson confirmed that a passerby spotted May Goldberg in front of the Hyatt.
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