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Missing mentally ill woman, search continues

February 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Family and friends are searching for a mentally ill woman who's been missing for more than a month.The 37-year-old mother of two had just been treated for a mental illness. A taxi was supposed to take her to a supervised home, but she was left blocks away, and hasn't been seen since.

The family of Saron Belay has offered a $10,000 reward for help in finding her.

On January 8, she was released from Pacific Hospital in Long Beach. She was supposed to be transferred to a facility in Norwalk, but her family says a cab driver dropped her off four blocks away from the facility.

"She's missing by negligence of the hospital and taxi driver," Belay's mother Nigisty Ghebre said. "Please help me to find her."

Belay's loved ones have handed out flyers in the Norwalk neighborhood where the 37-year-old was last seen.

Belay was hospitalized for two weeks for what her family believes to be schizophrenia. The family has hired an attorney to investigate the events leading up to her disappearance.

"The hospital is taking the position that they were not responsible for the fact that Saron was delivered to the wrong address," attorney Christopher Yuhi said. "The cab company is being obtuse at the moment as to whether or not they share any responsibility."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has notified law enforcement nationwide to be on the lookout but there have been no sightings or leads to follow.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at (323)890-5500.