A 47-year-old “developmentally disabled” woman was found Saturday three weeks after she disappeared in New York on the subway in lower Manhattan, officials say.
Samantha Primus, a Brooklyn resident originally from St. Lucia, is nonverbal and deaf, and she communicates with limited use of sign language, according to the St. Lucia Consulate in New York.
Primus disappeared from her sister’s home, where she was spending the holidays, in Elmont, Long Island, at around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 23. The consulate general said in a statement she “may be in need of medical attention.”
A few days after Primus went missing, Nassau County police notified her family that she had been found in Queens on the evening of Dec. 23 3½ miles from her sister’s home. New York Fire Department medics took her to Queens Hospital Center, where she was “discharged only a few hours later,” the consulate said.
It’s not clear why Primus was taken to the hospital.
Primus was reported missing to New York police, who said in a statement that she was seen leaving the Queens hospital after she was discharged around 1:50 a.m. Dec. 24.
Primus’ family organized search parties in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
Primus was finally found in Manhattan on Saturday, a little over three weeks after having vanished, police and the consulate said.
“The Primus family stated that she was discovered riding the 1 train in Lower Manhattan, and was subsequently taken to the New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital for a medical check-up,” the consulate in New York said in a statement.
It’s not clear where Primus stayed.
Her family did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mirna Alsharif is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.