A woman who was declared dead in the United States after she went missing for more than three decades has been found alive in Puerto Rico.
Patricia Kopta, then 52, disappeared suddenly in 1992 from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, US after her husband came home and she was nowhere to be seen.The unsolved case went cold and police eventually declared her dead, the Mirror reports.
However, the elderly woman, who suffers with dementia, has now been found alive in Puerto Rico aged 83 after she lent her real identity and background slip to a social worker.Patricia's sister Gloria Smith said “I don’t believe it.
It was a total shock. We really thought she was dead all those years."We didn’t expect it. It was a very big shock to know that she was alive.” Patricia had entered a care home in 1999 after telling staff she'd come to Puerto Rico from Europe on a cruise ship, Police Chief Brian Kohlhepp told CBS Pittsburgh.He said Patricia had been found wandering the streets alone before going into the home but she refused to discuss her private life.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk