Police find missing autistic woman dead after leaving caretaker at Macy’s
Police announced that an autistic woman reported missing was located dead earlier this morning in West Philadelphia, several miles away from the Macy’s in Center City where she was last seen.
Police said officers were flagged down by a concerned citizen about 6:30 a.m. Friday who, on their way to work, had spotted a woman on the ground between two parked vehicles on the 1400 block of North 57th Street in Carroll Park, West Philadelphia.
The woman, Christina Sankey, was pronounced dead at 6:34 a.m. by medics.
The cause of death is unknown, and the manner of death has yet to be determined.
Sankey was reported missing Thursday about 2:30 p.m. after she reportedly wandered away from her caregiver inside Macy’s at 1300 Market St.
Sankey suffered from autism and could not speak.
Detectives reviewed surveillance footage and reportedly saw Sankey on an escalator from the second to first floor at 3:10 p.m., but could not see on the tape where she went afterward.