Urgent search continues for non-verbal woman with Down syndrome

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) — The desperate search continued Monday for a woman with Down syndrome who disappeared over the weekend after a doctor’s appointment in downtown Brooklyn.

UPDATE: After frantic search, woman with Down syndrome found safe

Danielle Selig is 44 years old but her caretakers say she has the cognitive ability of an 18-month-old.

Selig, who does not travel in the community by herself, was last seen about 1 p.m. June 21, police said.

Two staff members from Mercy Home’s Richard T. Santulli Residence in Greenpoint, where Selig lives, took the 44-year-old and another resident to a podiatry appointment. Selig became separated from her caretakers near Livingston Street and Gallatin Place.

Because she cannot speak and is nearly blind, she wears labels on her clothes with her name, address and phone number.

“If you find her, please take care of her because she is not able to take care of herself,” said Laurete Campbell, director of case management at Mercy Home.

Caretakers said Selig has wandered off once before. That time, she was found at a McDonald’s near her Greenpoint home.

Selig is described as 4 feet 6 inches tall, about 90 pounds, with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes. She was wearing a pink t-shirt, pink jeans and mitts to keep her from scratching herself when she disappeared.

Anyone who spots Selig is urged to call 911 immediately.

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