Elderly woman found by Oneida Police

Published 07/19 2014 11:47AM

Updated 07/22 2014 09:32AM

Oneida (WSYR-TV) - Oneida City Police say they found an elderly woman from Blossvale who's disappearance was called "unusual."

Police tell us 83-year-old Margaret Zavalidroga was found Monday in a wooded area near the Lowe's in Oneida.

She was taken to the hospital where police say she seems to be in good condition.

Police offered no explanation for her four day disappearance.

Zavalidroga was reported missing around 3:45pm on Friday by her son, Tomas, but police claim he was reluctant to share information about her disappearance.

"We have never had a missing persons case where the person who reports the missing person has not been totally cooperative, doesn't do anything they can to try to help us, this is unusual," said Police Chief David Meeker.

Police were able to confirm that Margaret was last seen by someone other than her son around 10:30am Friday in the City of Oneida, when she signed papers related to a vehicle purchase.

Tomas reported to police that he last saw his mother around 2:30pm on Friday, after leaving her in his white van on Route 5 in Oneida near Nye Ford. He says he told his mother he would be gone for about 20 minutes, while he met an acquaintance to help him pick up a vehicle he had purchased. He told investigators that when he returned about an hour and a half later, his mother wasn't in the van. 

"I knew something was very seriously amiss that she could not be found close by, she never leaves the car if I have someplace to go, something to attend to.  She is used to staying in the car for long periods, and would not get anxious to leave the car," said her son Tomas.

The man helping Tomas says he never saw Margaret, and says Tomas made no mention of his mother being in the vehicle. 

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Top Videos