Philadelphia and Upper Darby police continue search for missing woman
Fatima Rahman, 21, of the University City section of Philadelphia has been reported missing by her family. Rahman was last seen January 2, when she went out and has not been seen since. Saturday, Representative Margo Davidson, D-164, (http://www.pahouse.com/davidson/) took to the streets to help the family and friends hand out fliers to help notify the community about Rahman’s disappearance.
Rahman was last seen at home by her family after filling out college applications with her brothers. When their mother returned her from her job she could not find Rahman and the family wasn’t aware she left. Rahman is currently on medication to ease the symptoms associated with schizophrenia.
Currently Pennsylvania does not have a type of missing person alert for those who are may have a disability which may contribute to their missing status. Ailments such as dementia, diabetes, or schizophrenia that Rahman suffers from. States such as Florida and Maryland have something called a Silver Alert. The alert allows police to issue missing person status in a timely matter not after the person has already been missing for 24 or 48 hours. In missing persons cases time is always imperative. Representative Davidson is currently crafting legislation that would simulate Florida's silver alert law.UpperDarby police Superintendent Chitwood has stated the Upper Darby police department would assist in the search for Rahman as she previously lived in Upper Darby and has many family members here that she may have tried to go see. Chitwood has asked for any help for the return of the woman as her “family is distraught” and that “if there at all we can do, we will do.”
When last seen Rahman was wearing blue jeans, a red scarf and a red sweater. Anyone with any information please call Upper Darby police at 610-734-3439 or the Southwest Philadelphia Detectives Division at 215-686-3183.