Missing: Gladys Arroyo, 66 - NY, NY - Oct. 27, 2015
The children of Gladys Arroyo made an impassioned plea to the public for tips as they continue searching the streets of Staten Island and Manhattan for the missing mother from Rossville.
"If anyone sees my mom, Gladys Arroyo, please notify the police as soon as possible," said daughter Amy Salafia for an Advance video shot at the bus stop at Rossville Avenue and Pond Street where family members believe the 66-year-old woman boarded an MTA X22 express bus during the Tuesday morning rush hour.
"We're very concerned, very worried," Salafia said. "She has dementia, she gets very confused, she's not going to know where she is, so if you see someone that looks like her, that fits the description and looks disoriented, please reach out to the police so we can bring her home safe."
The children also are urging anyone with information about their mother to reach out to them on Facebook.
Joseph Legaspi, Arroyo's son, posted missing fliers at stops along the entire X22 route on Staten Island on Wednesday. He also is handing out fliers at office buildings, stores and restaurants in Manhattan heading northbound starting where his mother stepped off the express bus at 42nd Street and Madison Avenue, according to Legaspi's wife, Allison.
NYPD surveillance camera footage shows Arroyo leaving the X22 at 42nd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan at about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The images show Arroyo talking with a woman eyewitness before heading northbound, according to Allison Legaspi. She said the NYPD has notified public transit and police agencies in New York and New Jersey to be on the lookout for the missing woman. The NYPD also is trying to find surveillance video of Arroyo later in the day, Allison Legaspi said. A spokesman for the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information declined to comment or supply a video at this time.
Joseph Legaspi was out looking for his mother on Tuesday through the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, his wife said. After a couple hours of sleep, he was back trying to find her.