Pat Moss, 77, of Riverdale
RIVERDALE, Ga. -- At least once every week, a Mattie's Call alert is put out for a missing disabled or elderly person. Most times, because of that alert, the missing person is found within a few hours.
But Pat Moss, a 77-year old Riverdale woman, has been missing for more than week and her family is trying desperately not to fear the worst.
"I'm not sleeping at night because every time you lay down all sorts of things go through your head," her daughter Pat Scott said.
Scott said she's been trying to stay positive the past 10 days, hoping that her mother is somewhere safe. Saturday, Sept. 3, was the last time she saw her after dropping her off at her Riverdale condo. The next morning, when the Pastor of Moss's church came to pick her up for Sunday services, she wasn't there.
Scott characterized her mother as being in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
"She doesn't remember her birthday, she doesn't remember my birthday, she forgets where she leaves stuff," Scott said. She said she has tried to get her mother to move in with her, but her mother wants to be independent.
At her condo, neighbors like Krystal Dickerson try to keep an eye on Moss. Dickerson said Moss likes to take walks outside of her subdivision every day.
"Usually a lot of people that really know of her condition, they try to keep her on the right side of the road so she can turn back in the complex when she walks back," Dickerson said.
Last Saturday, Sept. 10, neighbors helped Moss' family search for her.
"She could have wandered off into the wrong location, so it kind of worried me," Dickerson said.
"We searched all the wooded areas and the parks, and behind all the homes and any abandoned homes, and there's no sign of her," Moss' daughter said.
In the meantime, she tries to stay positive, unable to sleep because of the things that go through her head.
"I hope they find her," she said. "I know she's still alive out there. I hope they find her. She's just lost."
Scott said her mother told friends at church recently that she was going to visit her sister in California. Scott said she's not there. Moss doesn't drive, and there has been no recent activity on her bank accounts.
Clayton County Police are asking anyone who sees Moss to call 911.