Family and friends of a Middletown woman who vanished three weeks ago gathered Wednesday to remember better days and pray for her safe return.
Nina Coe, 57, disappeared after returning from a dentist appointment in mid-July. What was once constant communication between Coe and her three sisters became radio silence, and after two days of trying and failing to reach her, Coe's family reported her missing.
The days have since melted into weeks, and Coe's sister have issued a public plea for help. They led a candlelight vigil Wednesday night on Middletown's South Green, flanked by friends and community members offering support.
Police said concern is mounting because Coe suffers from alcohol dependency and may need immediate medical attention. According to a Silver Alert issued in July, Coe has also dependent on pain medication and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
"She could be in trouble. She does have some medical issues, some dependency issue. We would like to get her home safely or get her some help if she needs it. We’d just really like the public’s assistance with this one," Middletown police Capt. Gary Wallace said at a press conference last week.
Police are searching surrounding towns and said they continue to investigate Coe's disappearance as a missing person case.
Coe stands 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Police said she wears glasses and has a tattoo on one leg and a scar on the right side of her neck.
Police are asking anyone with information on Coe's whereabouts to call 860-638-4000.