Woman Found, Son Charged

By Mary Wilson | marwilson@wutr.tv

Published 07/23 2014 07:06PM

Updated 07/23 2014 07:14PM

The son of an elderly Oneida County woman reported missing last week has been arrested. One day after 83-year-old Margaret Zavlidroga was found alive in a wooded area in the city of Oneida. Her son Tomas is charged with falsely reporting an incident, and reckless endangerment. Eyewitness News speaks with police who say they saw red flags from the start. Monday  Tomas Zavalidroga pleaded with the public to help find his missing mother.
"I knew something was very seriously amiss - that she could not be found," said Tomas Zavalidroga.
He said he left her in his van on Route 5 in Oneida Friday afternoon - and when he returned an hour later, she was gone. Police say it was all a lie. From the start, Police Chief David Meeker called the case unusual.
"Just some of the stuff that was being said, his unwillingness to cooperate - most of the time when you have a missing persons case the family will usually cooperate fully - do anything you need to try to find the person, that wasn't the case with this one," he said.
After 4 days of devoting expensive resources to the investigation - including the air one helicopter to search from above. 83-year-old Margaret Zavalidroga was found Monday evening - laying in the woods, alive. Police say Margaret is doing well at the hospital. Her son, Tomas is being held at the Madison County Jail. He's due back in court on July 25th.

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