Reward Upped to $30,000 for Missing Alzheimer's Patient
Apr 11, 2017 07:15PM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello
Nancy Paulikas - photo via Kirk Moody
"We are hoping for an 'Easter miracle' and are increasing the reward to $30,000 for information that helps us find Nancy," said Kirk Moody, Paulikas' husband.
Moody noted that after 6 months, Nancy’s appearance may have changed drastically. Since Nancy is unable to care for herself, and in fact requires significant care-giving, both the family and the police believe it is most likely that she is in a facility or group home under the wrong name or as an unidentified patient.
"I, her mother and father, along with dozens of friends, look for her every day, and we are all available 24/7 for interviews," said Moody.
The family has worked closely with the LAPD and the Manhattan Beach Police, who have the lead role on the case. So far Paulikas' story has appeared in numerous newspaper articles and TV station reports, and it has been featured in a Steve Lopez column in the L.A. Times.
Extensive search efforts have included widespread dissemination of thousands of flyers, review of local security cameras, the hiring of a private investigator, contact with all 173 hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange County, mailings to 5000 residential care facilities in Los Angeles County, follow-up calls to 1000 care facilities and in-person visits to more than 300 facilities, searches in homeless encampments, TV and newspaper stories, ads in the L.A. Times, far-reaching pleas on social media, coordinated efforts with various government agencies and elected officials, and more.
Paulikas, age 56 and suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's, was last seen at 3:00 p.m. on October 15 at Fairfax and Wilshire wearing a red print shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers. The latest updates on the search and contact information can be found at the Nancy Is Missing website, and on the Nancy is Missing Facebook page.