Woodlawn man, sister found in separate states

two were reported missing Thursday

Police have no idea how pair became split up

November 24, 2001|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A Woodlawn man and his sister who did not return home from Pennsylvania Station in Baltimore Wednesday night were found in separate states yesterday.

David McIver, 74, was found by New York state troopers about 4 p.m. in his car on a highway about 100 miles north of New York City, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

His sister, Rose Jones, 67, was found in Stamford, Conn., about 9:30 p.m., Baltimore County police said. Police said they had no details on how Jones was found but said she was alive and well.

"New York State Police contacted [us] saying they found Mr. McIver and his Lincoln Town Car, and he was dazed and confused but otherwise OK," Warehime said.

McIver was unable to tell police what happened to his sister, Warehime said.

Pickup at Penn Station

Both were reported missing after McIver picked up Jones about 6 p.m. Wednesday at Pennsylvania Station and failed to return to his house in the 4100 block of Holbrook Road.

Jones, of Philadelphia, had taken a train to Baltimore to spend Thanksgiving with McIver and other family members.

Police across the region launched an extensive search for the pair after they were reported missing Thursday.

McIver had a mild stroke in 1999 and suffers from heart disease. He also is a diabetic and can become disoriented, family members said.

Warehime said police do not know why McIver traveled to New York - or if he even knew where he was going. Police also have no theory about how the two siblings ended up in separate states.

County detectives were traveling to New York last night to interview McIver.

Two were seen together

Warehime said police know McIver and Jones were together during at least part of the trip to New York because detectives have surveillance photos of them buying items at a convenience store.

"Police have gathered information from stores over the past few days and one of those tapes was of Mr. McIver and his sister," Warehime said.

McIver's daughter, Norma McIver, 44, said yesterday that Jones has high blood pressure, but does not have a history of becoming disoriented.

Norma McIver said her father insisted on going to get Jones at Pennsylvania Station despite another sister's pleas to let someone else go. "It was dark and there was traffic out there and she told him he would be lost," the daughter said.

The last time anyone remembers seeing McIver and Jones together was Wednesday evening, when an Amtrak employee reported seeing them near a customer service booth at the station.

The employee said the two "were talking and in good spirits," Norma McIver said. The employee then saw them walk toward the parking garage.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.