Search continues for missing Delano woman

Posted at 4:44 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 22:18:19-04

The search continued today for the Tessie Mangohig, 63, who was reported missing from Delano April 29th. 

Anna Djukic, Mangohig's daughter, was out driving along Highway 65 today, hoping to spot her mother who has now been missing for 10 days. 

"She could be anywhere at this point," Djukic said. 

Kern County Search and Rescue and the Delano Police Department organized search parties in hopes of finding Mangohig.

 “We had a few major leads that placed her along the 65 porterville highway, so that’s where we were at, Thursday all the way until Sunday search and rescue was out there," said Djukic.

But for now, all major search parties have been called off until the next big lead.

However, Djukic and her sisters have still continued searching for their mother. The last potential sighting was in Porterville, so Djukic and her sisters searched Highway 65 and Porterville, as well as the hospitals and homeless shelters. 

The Delano Police Department said they're still following every lead, but because Mangohig has Alzheimer's disease detectives said it can make the search challenging. 

“It’s more likely that she will not approach someone to report herself missing and she may be afraid, she also has panic attacks, so in an environment where there’s a lot of traffic or a lot of people she may be unable or unwilling to ask for assistance," said Detective Larcellus Scott.

Djukic said her mother loves going for walks and is very physically fit, but she's still worried about where she is and how she's doing because it's been so long. 

Mangohig is described as four feet, eleven inches tall and around 100 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black jacket and khaki colored pants. The family said they will continue to follow every lead no matter how near or far. 

"We’re keeping the faith, we’re determined to find her, and we will find her, I believe we will find her," said Djukic.

If you see Tessie Mangohig you're asked to stay with her or keep her in sight and contact 911 or the Delano Police Department at 661-721-3369.