Missing Grandmother Found--
Berkeley Police Cancel Search

By Erika Heidecker (BCN)
Saturday March 12, 2011 - 10:21:00 AM

Berkeley police called off a search late Friday night when a grandmother and granddaughter, who had been missing for over six hours, were found hungry but safe, police said. 

The grandmother, a 59-year-old Chinese woman, was in Berkeley visiting her daughter, an engineer with a high-tech company, and her 3-month-old granddaughter. 

She came to her daughter's workplace, 510 Systems at 2201 Dwight Way, on Friday to take her granddaughter for a walk at around 4:30 p.m. 

The grandmother, who doesn't speak English, planned to take the baby for a walk around the block in her stroller, acting Lieutenant Mike Dougherty said. 

When she didn't return in a timely manner, the baby's mother grew concerned and a search began. 

The woman's coworkers began the search, canvassing the area, making posters, and going door-to-door, said Suzanna Musick, CEO of 510 Systems. 

"Everyone banded together, it was quite an effort," Musick said. 

The Berkeley police were contacted at around 6 p.m. to help with the search, Dougherty said. 

The police set up a command post at 510 Systems, brought in a tracking dog, and sent out alerts to local hospitals, public transportation officials, and law enforcement, Dougherty said. 

The man who eventually found the missing pair hours later was lost as well. 

Steve Rose, a news photographer with North Bay TV News, was driving around Berkeley at around 11:45 p.m., trying to find the police command post set up at 510 Systems to report on the missing grandmother and baby. 

"I was trying to find the command post, which I failed at miserably," Rose said. 

He was circling the area when he saw a tired-looking woman pushing a stroller, which he thought was odd for that time of night, he said. 

Rose contacted the police who quickly arrived at the area near Ashby Avenue and Seventh Street where Rose had spotted the woman and baby. 

It appeared the woman got lost and just kept walking hoping to find her way back, Dougherty said. 

The grandmother and baby were reunited with the their family. 

"The baby was hungry, of course, but she smiled when she saw her mom," Musick said.