Family, Friends to Hold Vigil for Missing Woman
Nov 16, 2016 09:38AM
● By Jeanne Fratello
Family and friends of Nancy Paulikas, the Manhattan Beach woman who has been missing since October, will hold a "Light Up Los Angeles for Nancy" vigil on Thursday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The vigil and short procession will be held at Wilshire Blvd and Ogden Street outside of LACMA to highlight the continued search for Paulikas.
Paulikas, 55, suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's and is said to be easily confused, with the mental functioning of a four-year-old. She was last seen walking away from LACMA on a family trip on October 15 at 3:00 p.m. wearing a red print shirt and jeans. She has a medical alert bracelet but tends to remove it, according to family members.
Nancy's husband Kirk Moody and other family members and friends have launched a massive search and outreach effort that has involved posting flyers; contacting shelters, neighbors, local businesses, and agencies; and combing the surrounding streets and security cameras in search of clues.
The purpose of the vigil is to ask the community’s continued assistance in finding Paulikas. Family members have expressed hope that she is on the streets, or in the system somewhere, perhaps a Jane Doe in a homeless shelter or mental institution.
The vigil will be followed by a short procession west on Wilshire to the southeast corner of Wilshire and Crescent Heights (which turns into McCarthy Vista briefly south of Wilshire). This is the site of the last known sighting of Paulikas, where security video from a nearby business captured her image shortly after she went missing on October 15.
Speakers at the vigil will include Moody, Paulikas's parents, Sgt. Paul Ford of the Manhattan Beach Police Department, and a representative from Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles.
Those who are planning to attend the vigil are asked to RSVP via email to NancyIsMissing@gmail.com and share the vigil and procession on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
More info about Nancy and the search effort can be found at http://nancyismissing.blogspot.com/ or on Instagram or Facebook at NancyisMissing. The tip line is 310-650-7965. There is currently a $1,000 reward for information that leads to finding her.
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