UPDATE (5/13/16 7 a.m.): The missing person has been located. No further informatin can be provided at this time.
Missing Endangered – At 10:26 p.m., Thursday night, May 12th, 2016, the Lacey Township Police Department was notified by family members that 72-year-old Kuo Chun-Mei Tsai (Asian female) walked away from their home earlier in the evening. She was last observed by neighbors walking north on Constitution Drive in Forked River on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at approximately 4 p.m. utilizing a 4-point cane. She is described as 4’6″ tall, weighing 120lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes. She does not understand or speak English (only Chinese) and is missing all of her teeth, has orange nail polish on her fingers, and just moved into the area from Weehawkin, NJ. She has only been in the United States since October of 2015. She is completely unfamiliar with the area and has significant mobility impairment. She does not usually leave the house unless in the company of her family. The family reported that she requires the assistance of a back brace support when going out for extended periods of time; however, the brace has been located at the home and is not in her possession.
She was last seen wearing brown pants, a brown jacket, pink Nike running shoes, and using a black cane with a four-prong base.
Two neighbors reported witnessing her walking north on Constitution Drive on the west side of the roadway at approximately 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016. She was reported to have been having some difficulty walking at the time.
Once notified, personnel from the Lacey Township Police Department have been searching for her during the overnight hours with the assistance of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 and the New Jersey State Police Helicopter.
Residents in the area are asked to check their properties and contact the Lacey Township Police Department at 609.693.6636 with any information that may assist in this matter. The searches and inquiries have included, among other efforts, checking the stores in the area and the New Jersey Transit bus line. There is no indication that she had any ability to leave the area in a motor vehicle.