On July 24th of this year, an 81-year-old man, suffering from dementia went missing. According to the New York Police Department, the elderly man, Celso Heredia has been found safe and sound in Florida.
On July 24th of this year, an 81-year-old man, suffering from dementia went missing. He disappeared from the Long Island College Hospital, located in Brooklyn.
According to the New York Police Department, the elderly man, Celso Heredia has been found safe and sound in Florida. The police originally found Heredia in the middle of June walking along the side of the Brooklyn-Queens expressway.
A police officer reflected on that incident stating “We asked him where he was. He said he thought he was in California. He thought it was the year 2005.”
That’s when he was initially admitted to the hospital where he was diagnosed with "altered mental status". However something went horribly wrong.
Someone discharged Heredia and bizarrely purchased him a Greyhound bus ticket to his home in Florida. It remains unclear who bought the ticket, but staff at the hospital claims the owner of the facility, SUNY Downstate Medical Center purchased the ticket to Florida, as a way to get rid of remaining patients.
There is currently a heated, ongoing battle concerning the permanent closing of the hospital. While no one knew why Heredia was in New York when he was first found, he is now home in Florida, where he was reported to be aware of who he is and his surroundings.