The last time Bridget Lewis saw her ailing mother was a week ago, when she kissed her good night.
On Friday, a week after her dementia-stricken mother apparently wandered away from her Queens Drive apartment, Lewis, along with countless family and friends, continued to pray for her safe return, and continued doing what they could to make that happen.
“It’s a scary feeling thinking something bad’s happened,” Lewis said Friday, outside her mother’s apartment. “Like I said, I keep the faith and He’s going to bring her back home to me.”
Police on Friday asked the public again for help finding the 68-year-old Mary Wright. She was last seen just after midnight June 28 by Lewis. It was about three hours later that Lewis woke up to find Wright gone.
Since then, police, with help from state forest rangers and volunteers, have conducted thorough searches of wooded areas near Wright’s home, the Woodlawn Drainage Project, as well as Vale Cemetery and Vale Park. A state police dive team also searched the ponds at Vale Park but found nothing.
The Vale searches were prompted by unconfirmed sightings of Wright there later on the morning of June 28.
City police asked residents of not only Schenectady, but throughout the region, to keep a look out for anyone resembling Wright, and to call authorities if they see someone.
Wright is described as a black woman about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds, with thinning black and gray hair. She was last seen wearing a white undershirt and blue capri pajama pants. In a handout photo of Wright, she is wearing a wig. She is not believed to have been wearing the wig when she disappeared.
Wright suffers from insulin-dependent diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia, police said.
Lewis said she and the rest of Wright’s family are doing the best they can.
They were out quickly after she disappeared, putting up fliers and canvassing neighborhoods she may have gone to.
Lewis said her mother was first diagnosed with dementia in April 2012. Since then, Lewis had been staying with her to watch over her.
It was about a month ago that Wright wandered off from another relative. That time, the family called police and Wright was found within hours.
“Everybody’s been on the lookout,” Lewis said.
“We’ve all been searching, looking and praying.”