Family rallies to find Pasadena woman

PASADENA, Calif. The backroom of a small Pasadena business has become something of a detective agency. Friends and relatives have been coming together with a single purpose: to find 72-year-old Pat Sylvas.

"If you see her picture, see her face, call the police right away, right away. And I'll come saver her," says Ed Sylvis, Pat's husband.

Ed Sylvis says his wife of 33 years has suffered from Alzheimer's for the past few years. On Tuesday, when he went home for lunch, she was gone.

"Well now she's gone, 3 days and no medication. I don't know what's going to come back to me, but whatever it is, I'll take it," he says, fighting back tears.

Ed suspects his wife might have tried to return to her childhood home in El Monte. Police think she might have boarded a bus; bloodhounds lost her trail near a bus stop at Lake Avenue and Washington Boulevard.

"Every day is worse. The sooner I can find her, the better off I am going to be," he adds.

Patty Sylvis is leading the search for her stepmother. She's mobilized dozens of volunteers who have passed out hundreds of fliers and canvassed neighborhoods on foot.

"It's amazing, but it takes this to realize how many great people there are. This is amazing. I wish it would just be on other terms," says Patty Sylvis.

"They're thinking in another time, that's why they're wandering," explains Mimi Brown, the director of an Alzheimer's adult daycare service called CAPS in Pasadena.

"Or, they're stressed, they're lost. They don't know where they are; they don't recognize where they are," Brown continues.

Meanwhile Ed says his wife is probably confused and has gone without medication for several days, and all Ed wants is his sweetheart back.

"One person, just one person, help me," he pleads.

Anyone with any information on Pat Sylvis' whereabouts is urged to call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241 to help the family contact anyone who may have seen this woman as they try to track down her whereabouts.

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