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September 13, 2013 9:59 am

Missing NYC Alzheimer’s Patient, Armand Koskas, Has Been Found

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Armand Koskas.

After being reported lost in Manhattan for over 48 hours, Armand Koskas, 74, a retired chemical engineer suffering from Alzheimer’s has now been found, to the great relief of his family and friends at the Manhattan Sepharadic Congregation who feared for his life.

Yonatan Koskas, his son, said Koskas was found, and is safe, but dehydrated after wandering for two days.

From what the family could piece together, Koskas left his apartment on 77th Street, in Manhattan, before an attendant came to check on him at 10 AM on Wednesday. He was seen at 94th Street later that morning, and then once more at 100th Street, but, after that, his whereabouts were unknown.

On Friday morning he was discovered, six miles away, at 26th Street downtown, in the basement of Bellevue Hospital, actually asleep in a janitor’s closet.

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Yonatan Koskas said his family is thankful their father has been returned, and no less on the eve of Yom Kippur, but are still trying to piece together the missing hours of his sojourn.

Rabbi Raphael Benchimol, of the Manhattan Sepharadic Congregation, where the Koskas family are members and who alerted the police, Shomrim and the greater community to the father’s disappearance, said Koskas “is healthy and happy to be reunited with his family.”

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  • jacques Dery

    Je viens d’apprendre la maladie d’armand et cet incident de 2 jours en 2013 à NY.
    C’est un homme extraordinaire que je connais depuis 1965 à l’IFP ,très aimé de tous . Que D. lui accorde une refoua chelema ;

  • Alain Convers

    C’est avec plus de 6 mois de retard que je tombe un peu par hasard sur la maladie qui frappe un camarade et un collègue très proche par nos années d’études communes à Nancy et par nos parcours professionnels communs à IFP/Axens. J’ai été extrêmement touché par cette nouvelle et par le malheureux incident survenu en septembre 2013. Je souhaite adresser à Armand et à sa famille un message d’amitié dans l’épreuve qu’ils traversent actuellement, en souvenir des excellents moments passés avec Armand au cours de toute ces années de compagnonnage.
    Alain Convers

    “With more than 6 months late I fell by chance on a disease that strikes very close friend and a colleague by our years of joint studies with Nancy and our common career paths IFP / Axens. I was extremely touched by this new and unfortunate incident in September 2013. I want to go to Armand and his family a message of friendship in the event they are going through, in memory of the great moments spent with Armand during all these years of companionship.”
    Alain Convers

  • Shelly

    So happy to hear he is safe!

  • Renee Laredo

    “I wish a happy new year Armand, Ethel and Yonathan Koskas and his family. I pray for the meeting of Armand to his family for Yum Kippur. Thank you to Rabbi Benchimol and the community of MSC”

    Je souhaite une bonne et heureuse annee Armand, Ethel et Yonathan Koskas et a sa famille. J’ai prier pour la reunion d Armand vers sa famille pour Yum Kippur. Merci au Rabbin Benchimol et a la communaute de MSC

    Renee Laredo

  • alberto cohen

    I know Armand since he lived in Caracas, we were and are, very good friebds and I love him very very much

    B.H. he was found on Erev Yom Kippur.

    B esiman Tov Ve Haslacha.

    Alberto Cohen

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