Mich. Grandma Suffering From Alzheimer’s Goes Missing From Adult Group Home

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Ella Michelle Andrews

Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 1960
Missing Date: April 24, 2013
Age Now: 54
Missing City: Southfield
Missing State: Michigan
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5’2″
Weight: 170
Hair Color: Gray
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

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Location Last Seen: Andrews disappeared from a Southfield adult group home located on Pebblebook Street near 11 Mile Road.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Andrews suffers from depression, and she may have early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. According to witnesses, she was last seen in the area of 11 Mile and Inkster and in the area of 11 Mile and Middlebelt in the city of Farmington.

Andrews’ daughter Antoinette Simpson says she thought her mother would be safer in the group home.

“My mother had walked away from my home twice before, which is why I thought giving her to an adult foster home, she would be better watched,” Simpson told My Fox 65.

The group home did not respond to requests from local media to explain how Andrews wandered off.

Andrews suffers from depression and may have the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. She left the home without her medicines.

“I’m not sure what state of mind she’s in, if she’s eating, how she’s grooming herself, taking care of herself, just the basic human needs,” Simpson said after her mother disappeared.  “It’s a living nightmare.”

Lt. Nick Loussia of the Southfield Police Department told NewsOne that Andrews is still listed as a missing, endangered person a year later.

“(O)ur attempts to locate her have not been successful,” said Loussia.

Andrews’ family just wants answers.

“Wherever she is, if somebody has her or anything, you know,  just let her go. Her grandkids miss her. We miss her; her daughter, her sister — we just want her to come home,” Andrews’ sister Yolanda Haggen told CBS Detroit.

Last Seen Wearing: Black gym shoes and a tan-colored coat with a fur collar.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Has salt and pepper straight hair.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ella Michelle Andrews may contact the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Andrews’ recovery.

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