Schizophrenic Missing Woman Found, Then Goes Missing Again

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    A woman with schizophrenia who went missing on Sunday and was found by police two days later is missing again after officials let her go, her family says. Roseanne Colletti has the story. (Published Friday, Nov 8, 2013)

    A woman with schizophrenia who went missing on Sunday and was found by police two days later is missing again after officials let her go, her family says.

    Relatives of 34-year-old Jenny Paiva last saw her at her parents' home in Union, N.J., on Sunday.

    She was wearing scrubs and was leaving for her job as a nurse's aide, but never made it there, her family says.

    Police found her Tuesday on Long Island, where she had used her credit card at a restaurant. 

    She was wearing the same scrubs, her family said.

    Officers determined she was OK and let her go, without having her checked out by a doctor, according to her family.

    They haven't seen her since then, and they tell NBC 4 New York they are concerned she could hurt herself or someone else. They believe she may still be driving a gray 2012 Nissan Versa hatchback.

    "It's freezing out, where is she? Is she warm, does she have a warm place to stay? I don't know," said a tearful Ivana Capra, Paiva's sister-in-law.

    The family is asking anyone who has seen her to call the Union Police Department at 908-851-5000 or her family at 908-447-1052.

    "I hope she comes home because everybody's waiting for her," said Paiva's mother, Celeste Paiva.