Courtney Park-Jamborsky remembers vividly the last time she saw her stepfather Michael Delaney last year.
It was May 9 and she was dropping the 75-year-old Reston resident off at the emergency room at Reston Hospital Center. Delaney had fallen earlier in the day at his Reston home. While he had only a small cut, he suffered from dementia so Park-Jamborsky knew to be cautious.
Due to strict COVID-19 protocols, she could not enter the emergency room with him. So, she hand-wrote a note with his medical history, social security number, and her contact information.
“I stood at the sliding emergency room door at the hospital, and he stood there with me,” she tells Reston Now. “I felt like I was letting a five-year-old walk through that door without someone helping him. But I had confidence that [Reston Hospital] knew what they were doing. I never thought in a million years that he would disappear.”
As the one-year mark of Delaney’s disappearance approaches, neither his family nor Fairfax County Police Department is any closer to finding him after he walked out of Reston Hospital Center last May.
“Michael Delaney is still reported missing,” FCPD wrote in a statement to Reston Now. “In the days following his reported missing, we exhausted numerous resources to find him to include our helicopter, K9, Search and Rescue Team as well as assistance from numerous volunteer organizations. Our detectives would ask anyone with information about his current whereabouts to please call, 703-691-2131.”
Delaney wasn’t initially supposed to be at the hospital for long, perhaps only a few hours. Due to this, Park-Jamborsky didn’t let him bring his phone.
“It was right at the beginning of COVID, so we thought anything that was touched, you could get COVID from… so I thought I couldn’t let him take his phone into the hospital,” she says.
However, when Park-Jamborsky called the hospital later, they told him that he was being kept overnight so he could have an MRI the next morning due to the possibility of a stroke.
She called back the next morning, May 10 which was Mother’s Day, and they told her they were still waiting for the MRI to take place. Really wanting to pick him up for the holiday, she called again later that afternoon only to be told they were now waiting for the MRI results.
Then, she says she received a call at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night.
“The nurse called… she said ‘We can’t find Michael,'” says Park-Jamborsky. “She said ‘Well, I was walking with him on the floor and I turned to get something and he was gone.'”
On May 11, the Fairfax County Police Department put out an alert about Delaney, saying that he was last seen the day before (May 10) at 9:02 p.m. in the 1800 block of Town Center Parkway.
Surveillance video showed him exiting Reston Hospital.
#Missing: 75yo Michael Delaney last seen 5/10 @ 9:02 pm in the 1800 blk of Town Center Pkwy, Reston. He is 6’3”, 170lbs, blu eyes/gray hair. Wearing blk jacket, yellow hospital gown & jeans. Endangered due to mental and/or physical health concerns. Call 703-691-2131 w/info. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/nFYwoEey5U
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) May 11, 2020
“The next morning… someone called [from the hospital], and asked ‘Did we find Michael?’ And I said ‘no, we have not.’ And they said, ‘We’re very concerned.’ That was the last time I spoke to anyone at the hospital.”
Park-Jamborsky reiterated that she has not had any contact with Reston Hospital since that day. When asked if the hospital could have done more to prevent this from happening, Park-Jamborsky says yes.
Reston Now reached out to the hospital to ask about what happened the night Delaney went missing. Additionally, we asked a series of questions about protocols, particularly around preventing situations like this from happening with patients like Delaney.
They answered with the below statement:
“On the night of May 10, 2020, a Reston Hospital Center care team member observed that 75-year old, Michael Delaney, was not in his patient room. We immediately began a facility search and notified the Fairfax County Police Department. He was not found on the hospital campus.
Since his departure from the facility, Reston Hospital Center has coordinated with the Fairfax County Police to support their missing person investigation. This is an ongoing investigation and we defer to the Fairfax County Police Department for additional comment.
We urge anyone with information about Mr. Delaney’s whereabouts to contact the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. We hope Mr. Delaney is found safely. Our thoughts continue to be with him and his family.”
For days after, FCPD, community groups, friends, and family combed the area while alerts were plastered on social media platforms. On May 14, FCPD announced its was suspending the search, though the department conducted at least one more helicopter-assisted search prior to the end of the month.
Delaney was still not found.
Local police are searching for a Herndon resident who went missing in late May.
According to the Herndon Police Department, Joshua Bowman, 27, of Herndon, was last seen several days before a missing persons report was filed on May 27.
Bowman is African American, is 5’10”, and weighs around 170 pounds, according to HPD. He was last seen on the 700 block of Barbaralynn Place.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call 703-435-6486.
Virginia State Police Issue Alert for Missing Reston Resident — The state’s police department issued an alert for missing Reston resident Michael Delaney, 75, who was last seen leaving Reston Hospital Center on May 10. Local police have suspended an active search for the Reston resident, who suffers from a cognitive impairment. [Virginia State Police]
Good Deed Alert: Stuff the Bus is Today — Fastran buses will be parked at locations throughout the county for donations. The Reston location is at the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, which is located at 1801 Cameron Glen Drive. Donations from that location will go directly Cornerstones. [Fairfax County Government]
Reston Man Charged with Second DWI — “A man was arrested in Ashburn May 14 after reportedly causing a vehicle collision while impaired, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the 44000 block of Allderwood Terrace around 9:24 a.m. and reportedly found the striking driver to be under the influence of alcohol. Julio F. Aragon, 30, of Reston, was charged with driving while intoxicated — his second offense.” [Loudoun Times-Mirror]
Photo via vantagehill/Flickr
The Fairfax County Police Department is asking the public to help find a 75-year-old Reston resident who went missing Sunday night.
Police said Michael Delaney was seen shortly after 9 p.m. in the 1800 block of Town Center Parkway. He is 6’3”, 170 pounds, and has blue eyes and gray hair. ,
He was last seen wearing a yellow hospital gown, jeans, and a black jacket.
Police believe he is endangered due to physical or mental health concerns.
Anyone with more information should call 703-691-2131.
Our Search and Rescue Team is still working to find #missing Michael Delaney. They are in the area of the Reston hospital and neighborhoods around North Shore Dr. Below is a picture of him from last night when he went missing. Please call 703-691-2131 if you see him. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/6xT9rhclNB
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) May 12, 2020
Missing Reston Man Found — Steven Stoller, 59, went missing on Monday when he left Bethesda, Maryland. He was located safe and unharmed on Tuesday, according to police. [Montgomery County Police Department]
Comscore Expands into West and Southern Africa — The Reston-based company is expanding its box office measurement services to nine African countries, including Nigeria and South Africa. Company executives say the move can capture the effectiveness of the African film market — one of the “most remarkable cultural developments in recent decades.” [Comscore]
Planning Commission Vote on Prince Towne and Reston Heights Development Proposal Tonight — The panel is expected to vote on scaling back already approved plans for Reston Heights, a mixed-use development already in progress on Sunrise Valley Drive. A vote is also expected on plans for single-family homes on the north side of West Ox Road. [Fairfax County Planning Commission]
Flickr pool photo by vantagehill
Local police are searching for a Herndon man who may be endangered due to mental or physical health issues.
James Hampson, 52, was last seen on Oct. 29 near the 700 block of Center Street in Herndon. It is possible he may be in the Aldie area, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
He is roughly 6’1” and weight 180 pounds. He may also be in a Black 2002 Ford Expedition with Virginia tags VXJ -9037.
Anyone with information should call 703-691-2131.
Photo via FCPD
Updated at 8:55 p.m.: Patrick Brown was found and is safe, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
Local police are looking for a 74-year-old missing man who was last seen this morning near Wiehle Avenue and Sunset Hills Road.
The Fairfax County Police Department said Patrick Brown is considered endangered due to mental or physical health issues. His height is 5’10” and he weighs roughly 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, a green T-shirt and black shorts.
If you have any information, call 703-691-2131 w/ any info.
Photo via FCPD
Sharing common ground — Fairfax County officials have launched a new newsletter to keep the interfaith community informed of events and opportunities in the area. [Fairfax County Government]
Missing man found — Hassan Sultan, a 48-year-old missing endangered adult, was found today. He was last seen in the 2000 block of Maleady Drive in Herndon. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Problems with Alexandria’s Potomac Yard station — As the Silver Line makes its way into Virginia, there are some lessons to be learned about the need for well-designed entrances and information displays. [Washingtonian]
A hitchhiker on a Lake Anne boat (Photo by Beth Allgaier).
Susan Carstens, 51, was last seen in Reston Wednesday night.
The Fairfax County Police Department issued the following description of Carstens, who is considered an endangered due to possible mental and/or physical health concerns:
5’7″,185 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes. Tattoos on both legs. Bronze 2013 Hyundai Tucson VA tags VXK8791.
Anyone with information should call FCPD at 703-691-2131.
Photo via FCPD
Police are searching for a critical missing adult. Joshua Bowman, 25, went missing after he left his home on Monday (June 25) at 2:30 p.m.
According to the Herndon Police Department, Bowman is autistic and non-verbal. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and possibly carrying a back of CDs.
Anyone with information is urged to call the police department at 703-435-6846.
Photo via Herndon Police Department
Herndon Police are searching for Donald Higgins, a 65-year-old Herndon resident who went missing on Monday. Higgins, who suffers from dementia, was last seen at 10:30 p.m. when he left his home on Tyler Street in Herndon.
He was last seen wearing gray jogging shorts, a dark gray or blue black jacket, black loafers and a yellow Redskins jersey, according to the police department. He was also carrying a pair of blue Dockers pants and a dark plaid shirt. Higgins has a tattoo on his right forearm and wears reading glasses.
A Fairfax County Police Department helicopter cleared the area after searching for Higgins Tuesday morning near the Loudoun County line, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department.
— Herndon Police (@HerndonPolice) November 7, 2017
If you have any information, contact the police department at 703-435-6846. Information can also be directed to Detective Jeffrey Lange at 703-435-6881, ext. 2304 or by email at [email protected]
UPDATE: Mirella Anaya Aguilar was reported by Takoma Park Police to have been found safe May 12. Mariissa Pineda was “cooperative and very helpful to police” in helping to locate the girl, they say.
— Takoma Park Police (@TakomaParkPD) May 12, 2017
UPDATE to Missing 13 year old Mirella Anaya Aguilar pic.twitter.com/Kq4hRYLT3a
— Takoma Park Police (@TakomaParkPD) May 11, 2017
Police in Takoma Park, Maryland, say a missing 13-year-old girl may be in the Reston area.
Mirella Anaya Aguilar, 13, was last seen by her mother in the Montgomery County city on May 2. The girl is 5 foot 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. She is Hispanic, with a light complexion.
In an update to the case released Thursday afternoon, TPPD says their investigation shows the girl may be in the company of a 20-year-old, Mariissa Pineda, in the Reston area. Pineda and the girl are believed to have been frequenting the Tysons Corner Center and using the Metro from Tysons.
The Fairfax County Police Department is assisting in the investigation.
Anyone who has seen either Pineda or the 13-year-old is asked to contact Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100, referring to Case No. 170505618.
The United States Park Police says a body recovered Friday in the Potomac River is that of a woman who went missing three weeks ago in Great Falls.
Becky McCleskey, 56, was reported missing Feb. 6. Her vehicle was found in the parking lot at Great Falls National Park. An extensive air, land and water search was conducted by the United States Park Police and the Montgomery County fire and police departments.
The body was discovered at about 5:50 p.m. Friday in the water near Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac, Maryland.
ARLnow reports McCleskey lived in Arlington and had a high school-aged son.
Officials say there is no indication of foul play.
Photo courtesy U.S. Park Police
Metro to Operate on Saturday Schedule for MLK Day — Trains and buses will be moving at different times than usual Monday as the federal holiday is observed. [WMATA]
Traffic Management Solutions Firm Sets Up in Herndon — All Traffic Solutions plans to add 25 employees and create up to 86 new jobs over the next three years, and invest more than $100,000 in its new headquarters at Worldgate Centre. [Fairfax County EDA]
Nominations Open for Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards — The deadline to submit applications to honor outstanding volunteers in any organization, club, school, library or neighborhood is Feb. 3. [Volunteer Fairfax]
Silver Alert Issued for Woman Last Seen in Fairfax County — Police are looking for 80-year-old Catherine Hemlepp, pictured here. She is believed to be in a maroon 2017 Ford Escape, with Pennsylvania license plate WR9679P. She was last seen wearing an orange vest, flowered pants and a white hat. She and her husband were traveling from Pennsylvania to South Carolina when they became separated Tuesday. [Virginia State Police/Twitter]
Original story: The family of a 14-year-old Herndon girl is asking for the public’s help in locating the missing teen.
Alejandra Hernandez has been missing since last Friday, June 24, a family friend said. She was last seen on Wexford Court in Herndon about 7 p.m.
If you have seen Alejandra, please contact Herndon Police at (703) 435-6846.