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Search For Woman Who Left Newton Assisted Living Facility

NEWTON (CBS) - Police are looking for a 62-year-old woman who left the CareOne assisted living facility in Newton Tuesday with a man from Florida. They are very concerned for her safety and say she needs her medication.

Employees noticed Beth Birnbaum was missing around 2 p.m. Tuesday when they found her empty wheelchair outside the facility.

They say she left with an acquaintance who has been visiting, 55-year-old David Collignon. He is believed to be driving a 2015 gray Honda Fit with license plate 744-YR1.

Newton police say he is not charged with kidnapping, but he is now wanted for assault and battery on a disabled person.

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David Collignon and Beth Birnbaum (WBZ-TV)

"The facility noticed the wheelchair that Miss Birnbaum sits in was unoccupied in front the building," Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker said. "We also know that someone who has been coming to visit her was seen leaving the facility with her belongings and clothing."

Police say Birnbaum doesn't have the authority to check herself out and desperately needs her medication.

"We're told that if she doesn't get some of the medication and some of the medical services that she needs that it could be dire," Apotheker said.

Anyone with information should contact Newton Police.


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