Cold Case Solved: Woman Missing Since 1975 Found In Nursing Home

By: Catherine Townsend
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Flora Harris with Sullivan County detectives Ed Clouse and Rich Morgan

Photo by: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Flora Harris with Sullivan County detectives Ed Clouse and Rich Morgan

MONTICELLO, MA — Police say a New York woman who vanished 42 years ago has been found alive at a nursing home in Massachusetts.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says that Flora Stevens, then 36, disappeared in August 1975 after her husband dropped her off for a doctor’s appointment at a Catskills hospital. When he returned to pick her up, she had vanished.

Flora Harris

Photo by: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Flora Harris

Over the years, police investigated the case but were never able to locate Stevens.

In September, New York State Police were working on a different cold case when they found someone using Stevens’ social security number at an assisted-living residence in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The detectives visited the residence and confirmed the person was Stevens, who now uses the last name Harris.

Police say Harris has lived there since 2001, is suffering from dementia and apparently has no living relatives.

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