Police Searching New City For Missing Woman

57-year-old did not go to workplace; police fear she may be thinking of harming herself.

Clarkstown police are seeking the public’s helping in finding a New City woman who may be considering doing harm to herself.

Denise Gruffi, 57, of 15 Ann St., left home about 7 a.m. to go work, but she never made it there. Police said the woman’s husband found a note that led him to believe Gruffi might hurt herself.

Clarkstown police are searching the Ann Street neighborhood with police dogs and the county’s emergency helicopter has also been brought in to assist with the search. Police said they confirmed Gruffi did not make it to her workplace and she has not been seen in that area.

Gruffi is a teaching assistant at Link Elementary School in New City. Gruffi is 5-foot-6, about 165 pounds with blue eyes and reddish brown hair. Police did not have a description of the clothing she was wearing today.

The Rockland County Sheriff's Department mounted unit is assisting with the search. Deputies were riding in the area of Red Hill Road. At Link Elementary School, the campus was open this afternoon and children were walking home — some of them watching as police searched the neighborhood and the emergency helicopter flew overhead.

Gruffi left home on foot and was not believed to be using a car, however, police are now looking for a white 1995 Honda Civic owned by a family member that Gruffi may be using.

Police ask that anyone with information about the missing woman call them at 845-639-5800.

Susan Tellefsen October 19, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gruffi family. Mrs. Gruffi is a great asset to the LINK family. We hope that she is found quickly and safely!
Kathy Leone Ricciardi October 19, 2011 at 01:48 AM
The Ricciardi Family - We have Mrs. Gruffi and her family in our prayers.
richard williams October 19, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Richard Williams, Sonoma,Ca....I know Denise and the Gruffi family from Villanova where my daughter KIm and Colleen became such good friends....my thoughts and prayers go out to Colleen and Scott and the entire Gruffi family for Denise's safe return
Eileen Phelan October 19, 2011 at 03:03 AM
The Phelan family is praying for her safe return, we all adore and miss her!
Diana Giordano October 19, 2011 at 03:56 AM
Whenever I bump into Denise, she has a smile on her face, a kind word to say, and and a good story to share. How can anyone not love her? We will continue to pray for Denise and her family until she arrives safely home.
Lynn Lauder Garcia October 19, 2011 at 05:07 AM
Denise - Jennifer just called me to tell me you are missing, naturally very upset. If you are reading any of the posts from the people who care about you & love you (of which there are so many), please come home. I don't know what pain you may be suffering, but one thing I do know is that leaving isn't the answer. I know how much you love your family - please come back to them. I am here if you need me - you know I'll understand.
Suzanne Winchester October 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM
The Winchester family has Mrs. Gruffi in our thoughts and prayers. She has been a teaching assistant for my son's classes for the past 3 years and he always has such nice things to say about her. She seems like a very kind woman and I hope that she is okay and comes home safely.
Elaine October 19, 2011 at 11:22 AM
The Cinque/Damiano family send our prayers.
Debra Kalb October 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM
The Kalb family send thoughts and prayers for Mrs. Gruffi's safe return.
Lynn Farry October 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM
We know so little but care so much....find your way back to those who love you..
Caryl Farrell October 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Mrs. Gruffi and her family are in our thoughts and prayers......we are praying for your safe return. The Farrell Family
Kelly Castel October 19, 2011 at 01:03 PM
The Castel family prays for your safe return home.
Robert Winzinger October 19, 2011 at 01:20 PM
The Winzinger family's thoughts and prayers are with the Gruffi family for Denise's safe return home.
diane Cleary October 19, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Mrs. Gruffi was a T.A for both of my children at some point over the years...I can only imagine the pain she must have been in for her to just leave like that. She is not alone...none of us have to be. There is help out there, no matter how bad it seems. She and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathy October 19, 2011 at 02:07 PM
I remember you well Denise...always happy go lucky and laughing...please find your way home to those who love you and need you
Marc Silverstein October 19, 2011 at 02:20 PM
to Ken McQuade per LoHud.com: Her car also remained in the driveway. Police also tracked down a white Honda owned by her sister to ensure she hadn't taken that car, Baumann said.
Michelle Pulitano October 19, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Prayers and love go out to the entire family!!! We love Mrs. Gruffi & we all pray for her safe return! ~ Pulitano Family
Donna Aquino October 19, 2011 at 02:50 PM
praying for the Gruffi family that Denise finds her way home
Bruce Cohen October 19, 2011 at 03:09 PM
If volunteers are needed for the search, please post a phone number to sign-up so those of us who want to help can do so. I know that I do.
Donna Schmidt October 19, 2011 at 03:13 PM
The family is meeting at her home this morning for anyone that can donate serach time.....15 Ann Street in New City.
Bruce Cohen October 19, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Donna, I can be available from tomorrow on, how's that. Hopefully, she'll be found by then. Reach me thru a posting on pacch. Thanks, and God speed.
JanE October 19, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Prayers for Ms. Gruffi's speedy, safe return.
Catherine Baker October 19, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Our entire Baker family adds their prayers to all of the above. We love you Denise and your family.
cheryl slavin October 20, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Our prayers are with Mrs. Gruffi and her family. She was my son's TA a few years ago in Link. A kind and caring woman.
Clarkstown Resident October 20, 2011 at 01:14 AM
The Reiter Family prayers are with Mrs. Gruffi and her Family. We love you.
Sarah Willard October 20, 2011 at 03:53 AM
According to Facebook she is alive and well! https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=128679837237101&id=128239620614456
karen kasman October 20, 2011 at 04:35 AM
They found Mrs. Gruffi alive and have taken her to hospital!!!!!!!!!!!
Suemee Hur October 20, 2011 at 05:40 AM
Praise God! The Hur family hopes that Mrs. Gruffi is unharmed and is together again with her family! Your smiles always lit the hallways of our school! May you know what a precious person you are to all those around you!
cheryl slavin October 20, 2011 at 09:26 AM
Is it true! Can't find update in news. Please give sources! I hope all is truly well!
Clarkstown Resident October 21, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Oh thank goodness she's safe!!!


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