Volunteers continue the search for Elena Roy

Village news / Courtesy photos

Ryan Abbott searches with a K-9 handler, as a flanker, as she descends steep embankments along De Luz Rd.

Julie reeder


The family of Elena Roy and Rena Salomon organized and conducted another search Saturday, November 20, for Roy who turned 84 last week and may be suffering from dementia. She reportedly left her home on Wednesday November 3.

The organizers met at Estrella’s Restaurant at 3757 S. Mission Road at 9:00 am.

The message from their community flyer read: “We need volunteers to help us find Elena. Fallbrook has many heavily forested areas and we need more manpower to find it. “

The community responded. “Eighty to 90 community volunteers came to help us search South Fallbrook from Paradise Gym to Mission Road to 76 east and west along Mission Road. The search ran from 9 am to 4 pm, ”said Salomon of HEART, who assisted the family in the search for Roy.

Research coordinators lead the teams and are responsible for each quadrant as the research progresses. Jenna Murphy and Dorene Swart were the primary coordinators.

Major Market provided lunch for the volunteers.

Salomon said drones were used for aerial cover while a K-9 unit searched below in areas off De Luz Road to clean out drainage pipes as well as along Heller’s Bend near South Mission.

After two weeks, Roy’s missing person case was transferred to homicide.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Lt. Thomas Seiver said: “This case has been transferred to the Homicide Division, which is typical after 30 days. Fallbrook Station put so many assets into this case that we were able to. do so within 30 days. “

The family continues to search. “We do our own research because we can’t just sit there and do nothing,” Dorene Swart said on research day. She told Channel 8: “We just need to get her home. It warms my heart that everyone is helping us.”

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