Kent police seek 'vulnerable' woman missing for over a week

KENT, Wash. - Police are asking for the public's help in finding a developmentally disabled 38-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a week.

Emilie Lorraine Zangara, who is described as "vulnerable," was last seen on the evening of Aug. 9, said Detective Melanie Frazier of the Kent police.

Zangara's roommate, who is also developmentally disabled, reported that Zangara left their apartment in the 10800 block of SE 240th St on foot. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Zangara is described as a white female standing 4-feet-10-inches tall and weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a lavender hat, carrying a pink purse and childhood doll.

Zangara has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and needs daily medication along with a two-week injected dose of medication. She did not take any of her medication or personal items with her.

It has been reported that she has the mental capacity comparable to a young teenager and has been declared as an "incapacitated person," Frazier said.

Zangara's family is afraid that due to her mental state she could easily be manipulated and taken advantage of. Her family believes that Zangara may be in the company of a 43-year-old Kent transient, George Oberbeck.

Kent police detectives say they are working with limited information.

"We are understandably concerned for Zangara and so is her family," Frazier said. "This is out of the ordinary for her, and with her mental instability it makes her that much more vulnerable."