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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Hopes fade for missing Lydia as daughters return to US ]

Hopes fade for missing Lydia as daughters return to US

Woman has been missing from aged care home since May 6

THE DISTRAUGHT daughters of an 86-year-old woman who has been missing for over two weeks yesterday appealed to the public to please come forward with any information regarding their mother’s whereabouts.

The women, who fly home to the United States today, are devastated that Lydia Gulesserian has not been found despite confirmed sightings near the University of Cyprus campus two days after she disappeared.

Although police efforts to find the 86-year-old continue, all investigations have so far led nowhere.

Gulesserian’s daughters, Lenia and Arda, have searched high and low since their mother walked out of the Kaladjian aged care home on the morning of May 6.

“It’s been a nightmare. It’s like we’re going to wake up and this has all been a dream,” said 54-year-old Arda.

Since Gulesserian’s disappearance, the two sisters have combed the entire area around the University campus and Athalassa Park, all the villages spanning from Nicosia to Larnaca, and have looked in trenches and empty fields.

The duo have concentrated on those areas after three witnesses confirmed the 86-year-old had spoken to them and said she was trying to get back to Larnaca. The pensioner, whose home was in the coastal town, had only just been settled into the Strovolos district aged care centre by her daughters and was unfamiliar with Nicosia.

Arda said her mother had appeared happy in her new surroundings and had not indicated any desire to leave.

“In the beginning we were concentrated on the area around the old people’s home. We didn’t realise it was the wrong place until the sightings and that her destination was Larnaca… Somebody must have picked up her and we want to find that somebody to see where she was dropped off. Somebody must have seen her. She doesn’t walk that far.”

The women, who are married and live in California, return home with a heavy heart. The only reason they are getting on the plane is because both have jobs they cannot risk losing in light of the current economic crisis, said Arda.

“I don’t know how we are going to concentrate when we get back. We can’t focus on anything else. We keep thinking what did we forget? Where else can we look? I don’t think she would have walked into the buffer zone but I don’t know. It’s driving us nuts. At this point I don’t know, I really don’t know…,” she said.

Police said the United Nations had also searched the buffer zone as it borders the area where Gulesserian was last seen but had found nothing.

Arda said they had a third sister, Yola, who lived in Washington who might fly over to continue the search with Lenia’s 27-year-old son. Yola has a six-year-old child who is currently in school and the 50-year-old needs to wait for the school year to end.

“Someone is definitely coming back, we just don’t know who. As soon as we go back we’re going to figure out our work schedules. I don’t want to leave it to police. We are the ones who are pushing it. They say they’ll look anywhere we tell them to but we don’t know where to look anymore. We need the help of the people,” she said.

Despite the length of time their mother had missing, the 54-year-old said she was not giving up hope.

“The logic says she’s not alive but the hope is always there. And if she wasn’t okay, someone would have found her by now, unless she is in a totally remote place. I don’t know at this point. We have thought of every different scenario.”

Anyone with any information regarding Gulesserian’s whereabouts should please contact the nearest police station. She was last seen wearing a black skirt, light coloured shirt and a black sweater.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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