The family of a Manhattan Beach woman with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing two years ago Monday announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.
Nancy Paulikas, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease when she went missing, wandered away from her husband at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Oct. 15, 2016, and has not been found.
Security video showed Paulikas walking west on McCarthy Vista.
Paulikas’ husband, Kirk Moody, and the woman’s family continue to search for her. After wandering away from him during a trip to the ladies’ room at the museum, she “disappeared without a trace,” Moody has said, leaving the family wondering if she was in a residential care center as a Jane Doe.
They have checked hundreds of such facilities, Moody said.
Paulikas, who would now be 57, was in good health, but the highly-educated, once accomplished professional communicates at the developmental stage of a 4-year-old.
Paulikas’ family held a news conference at her home to announce the reward for information leading to her return has been increased from $30,000 to $100,000.
“We’re not giving up because we still get to places who haven’t heard about it,” Moody, who met his wife when both worked at TRW, told the Daily Breeze.
The two years of searching, however, has taken its toll.
“The sadness is really starting to seep in, and the frustration,” Moody told The Breeze. “Solving problems is what I do for a living and I can’t seem to solve this problem.”
Paulikas is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 140 pounds, with a thin build, light complexion, brown-gray hair and blue eyes. She last was seen wearing a red long-sleeve blouse with a white paisley-flower pattern, blue jeans and navy blue sneakers.
She was in good health and able to walk long distances without tiring, but had trouble communicating.
Anyone with information about Paulikas was urged to call (310) 650-7965 or to email the family at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information can also be submitted through the Manhattan Beach police tip line at (310) 802-5171.
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