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UPDATE: Missing Waterloo woman found safe

The family of Margaret Pollino, the 50-year-old Waterloo woman who was reported missing since Sunday has been found safe and unharmed. Pollino’s family posted the below update on Wednesday morning via Facebook:

“Margaret Pollino has been found! She is safe and unharmed. The family has asked for privacy in this moment. We all would like to thank everyone who participated in this unprecedented level of support. From people sharing social media posts and distributing flyers to local and state law enforcement and detectives working tirelessly, we say thank you all from the absolute bottom of our hearts for your love and support in this difficult time. We will provide updates as soon as we are able to process things.”

ORIGINAL REPORT:

The New York State Police are asking for assistance in locating a missing woman who was last seen on Sunday in Waterloo.

Margaret Pollino, 50, was last seen on Sunday afternoon entering her grey 2010 Hyundai Elantra, with a New York registration of HRT3997.

Anybody with information is urged to contact the State Police at 585-398-4100.

In a post to Facebook, family members of the missing woman shared their thanks to the community who they pointed out has been incredibly supportive as the investigation continues.

Family members noted that police have said that a dramatic increase in efforts to locate the missing woman would be seen if she did not turn up within 72 hours of going missing.

The full-statement posted to Facebook can be read below:

“It has now been 41 hours since my mother Margaret Ann Pollino was last seen or talked to.. There has been a state-wide APB issued for her vehicle, a gray 2010 Hyundai Elantra, license plate HRT 3997.. She was last seen wearing a light peach/skin toned 3/4 sleeve blouse and jeans.. She was not found in any jail system or hospitals and she has no phone as mentioned before, she left it behind, and her Facebook account is activated but is being handled by us.. Police and investigators are doing everything they can but if she doesn’t turn up after 72 hours, a dramatic increase in force will be applied to the investigation.. That is all any of us know as of now, and I urge you to please keep us in your hearts and minds, and any information needs to relayed to authorities or any of the family.. which brings me to my next point……

In the past 17 hours since our original post was put up, we have recieved an absolutely staggering and overwhelming amount of concern and support from every single one of you and more.. Collectively all of us as a community has pulled together and have spread this message by sharing over 1500 times… Never in my entire life have I witnessed such a beautiful and selfless movement of concern and positive reinforcement.. From the very deepest, darkest, depths of my heart, I could never fathom how to begin thanking you all.. It has been completely impossible to keep up with every single text, fb message, phone call, comment, or notification, but we are all doing our best to keep you all informed and to show our gratitude, and will do our best to continue..

She is a mother, she is a sister, she is an aunt, she is a grandmother, and she’s my best friend.. Im trying to hold on and be the man who steps up and is strong for his family, but I can only handle so much… So I’m on my knees, begging someone… anyone… to bring my mom home because her family needs her.”

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