State Health Department investigating circumstances surrounding a Silver Alert

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A 67-year-old resident of a Lancaster nursing home was reported missing late Monday morning to the Sheriff’s Office, and a “silver alert” was issued just before noon.

As far as we know, the older female was found safe-and-sound but the silver alert indicated her faculties were significantly impaired.

At Lancaster Manor in Lancaster, 67-year-old Susan Bochenski, left the grounds, and no one saw her.

By late morning staff at the home reported Bochenski missing, and at 11:52 a.m. the Erie County Sheriff’s Office issues a “Silver Alert,” a notification system recognized in the U-S for locating missing senior citizens, especially those with mental challenges.

The Bochenski Silver Alert listed Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or related cognitive disorder. Separately, the notice said, “female is autistic.”

How does someone with those mental issues walk away from a nursing facility sight unseen for so long?

That is one of many questions the State Health Department will presumably try to answer.

By late afternoon, nearly ten hours after Bochenski walked away, the silver alert was cancelled. 

We can only presume that Susan Bochenski was found and returned to Lancaster Manor, safe-and-sound.

All of our efforts to get additional information from the home and Lancaster police have been unsuccessful.

A spokesman for the Health Department told us simply the Health Department does not comment on pending investigations.

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