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A missing persons report was filed for Iona Costello (pictured). (Credit: Facebook)

A missing persons report was filed for Iona Costello (pictured). (Credit: Facebook)

UPDATE, April 20, 7 a.m.: Iona and Emily Costello were found by NYPD ‘in good health at an undisclosed location.’

A Greenport woman and her young daughter, who were believed to be going away for just a couple of days, are feared to be missing by family and friends who have been unable to contact them for the past two weeks.

Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said a missing persons report was filed for 51-year-old Iona Costello and her daughter, both of whom were last seen on March 30.

The chief said the car belonging to Ms. Costello — the widow of former Costello Marine co-owner George Costello — was found in a New York City parking garage. However, the chief said that at this time, no foul play is suspected.

“She did go away on a trip as planned, but she hasn’t returned in time,” said Mr. Flatley. “They are concerned, but there is no reason to believe there is any misconduct.”

Ms. Costello’s mother, Diana Malcolmson of Shelter Island, said her granddaughter, Emily, was expected back at school Tuesday but has been absent each of the past three days. She said the family’s animals are being cared for.

Ms. Costello is described as a white female standing about 5-foot-10, 120 pounds with blonde hair. An Amber Alert has not been issued for Emily since nothing suspicious has been reported at this time, police said.

Emily Costello

Emily Costello

Chief Flatley said his department is working with the New York Police Department in an attempt to locate Ms. Costello. An NYPD spokesperson declined comment on the investigation since the report originated out of Southold.

“When a missing persons report is filed, their information is entered into a countrywide system for any police officer in any jurisdiction at any time,” he said. “If they run her name when they come into contact with her, that will kick up as her being a missing person.”

Mr. Flatley said there are about a half-dozen missing person reports filed with the town police department each year. One report filed around the first of the year for a Greenport man never turned up any positive results, Chief Flatley said.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Ms. Costello and her daughter are asked to call Southold Police at 765-2600.

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With Grant Parpan

06/29/13 10:30am
06/29/2013 10:30 AM
FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Patricia Kos Woods has been missing since Wednesday, family members said.

FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Patricia Kos Woods has been missing since Wednesday.

UPDATE: The missing Miller Place woman who was thought to possibly be on the North Fork was located Friday evening at a church in Middle Island, her sister, Cathy Danowski, posted on Facebook Saturday morning.

Patricia Kos Woods, 53, had been missing since Wednesday. Police located her car at a church next to Cathedral Pines, a place she visited with her father when she was young, her sister said. Police found Ms. Woods inside.

Ms. Woods was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, her sister said.

“This is a miracle and a major relief to friends and family,” Ms. Danowski wrote on Facebook.

Ms. Woods suffers from depression and may have been disoriented from not taking her medication, Ms. Danowski said Friday.

Original Story:
The family of a missing woman with ties to the North Fork is asking for residents’ help in finding her.

Patricia Kos Woods, 53, of Miller Place was last seen Wednesday in the Miller Place area, driving a silver 2002 Ford Taurus with a dent in its front bumper near the passenger side, family members said.

Ms. Woods is described as 5-foot-7-inches tall, with medium length brown hair, brown eyes and was seen wearing a necklace with a cross and heart-shaped pendant, family said.

Ms. Woods, who has suffered from depression, may be disoriented because she hasn’t taken her medication since Wednesday, said her sister, Cathy Danowski.

Police were able to track signals from her cell phone when it was turned on and saw that she visited her old high school in Miller Place and a North Shore beach, Ms. Danowski said.

Ms. Woods’ father grew up in Cutchogue and family members believe she may attempt to go visit her grandparents’ former home as well, Ms. Danowski said.

“It looked like she was going to places that meant something to her,” she said, adding that Ms. Woods may also attempt to board the Orient ferry or visit her godmother in Jamesport.

She hasn’t taken money out of her bank account, Ms. Danowski said.

Ms. Woods went missing once before in November and was located 36 hours later after an ambulance volunteer who was treating her recognized her from her missing poster, Ms. Danowski said.

If you believe you’ve seen Ms. Woods, family members ask that you call police at 911, and to call 744-5225.

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