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Police: Missing Arizona woman found in Niskayuna

Police: Missing Arizona woman found in Niskayuna

Mystery surrounds person who was last seen in Arizona
Police: Missing Arizona woman found in Niskayuna
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Correction: A previous version of this story had an incorrect word describing a man linked to the woman's train tickets. Police described him as an 'unknown male subject.'

NISKAYUNA  -- The Niskayuna Police Department on Saturday located a missing person not seen by her family since March. 

Police said they received multiple calls regarding a suspicious female trying to enter vehicles and seeking assistance because "she felt she was in danger" in the area of Rosendale Road on Saturday.

When police located the woman she was unable to provide her name, stating she could not remember it. Police said the woman was demonstrating signs of mental illness and appeared as if she had been outside for days.

Update: Mother of missing Arizona woman found in Niskayuna speaks

Police have identified the woman as Amanda Hanover, 38, who had last been seen by her step-sister in California in March. Hanover was originally reported as missing from Gilbert, Arizona. After she went missing, her vehicle was eventually located abandoned on the campus of the University of Calgary in the middle of April.

Police said they were able to eventually identify Hanover by investigating several clues found on her. She had two Amtrak train tickets in the name of an unknown male subject and a Post-it note with three phone numbers written on it. 

Niskayuna police said one of the numbers was for the Hudson Police Department, located in Columbia County. Hudson police told them they didn't know why Hanover would have their number.

Police said another of the three numbers, which they called the "third number," was to a man who told police he believed the woman was his niece Amanda Hanover. The man told them he was supposed to meet Hanover at the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station on June 1, but when he went to meet her she was not there. Police said the man told them he had been requested to meet Hanover by her mother, who is his sister.

Police did not reveal any information about the other of the three phone numbers.

Once police had Amanda Hanover's name they were able to run her through the national database and locate two missing person reports about her. Officers contacted Gilbert, Arizona police and the Calgary Police Department and received information that helped them determine her identity. 

Hanover was admitted to Ellis Hospital, and police said her family will be joining her shortly.

Police said the investigation into how Hanover ended up in Niskayuna after her car was discovered in Calgary, Canada is continuing. Police said they are working with the Amtrak police and the New York State Intelligence Center on the case. 

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