In St. Louis, Missouri, authorities are seeking the assistance of the community in locating two persons of interest in separate cases involving potential theft from elderly clients. Police would like to speak to Deanna White, 36, and Brandi Buettner, 42. Both women are home care providers and according to authorities, may have direct information about money and items that went missing from their clients’ homes while under their care.
In one of the cases, authorities stated that a wedding ring of an elderly cancer patient’s wife went missing. It had great sentimental value, but it was determined that the ring was sold for the value of the gold and melted down. Police are seeking Deanna White in connection to this theft, though they did not provide any information about their investigation or evidence they may have obtained. It also wasn’t made clear how they knew the ring had already been melted down, though pawn shops are required to maintain records of these dealings.
As reported by Roche Madden for Fox 2 Now in St. Louis, Missouri in the news blog, Police looking for home health care workers suspected of theft:
“Police want to talk with 36-year-old Deanna White and 42-year-old Brandi Buetttner. Both are home health care workers and police called them both persons of interest.
Authorities said they want to question White about an elderly cancer patient she cared for and why the patient’s wife’s wedding ring disappeared. It was sold for the gold and melted down.
Police want to talk with Brandi Buettner about her 91-year-old patient who’s missing more than $3,000.
“We have a series of thefts and forgeries where we have a checkbook being used by somebody’s who’s not authorized to use that checkbook,” Granda said.”
In some of these situations, elderly men and women are either confused and uncertain about whether items or money are actually missing or feel too embarrassed to talk to family about these problems. They don’t want to have a family member tell them they ‘shouldn’t be living alone.’
According to Sister Suzanne Wesley, CEO of Cardinal Ritter, she advocates for these prospective elderly clients to remove weapons, jewelry, and other items of value from the home and also for family to check in with them from time to time ‘unannounced.’
Sister Wesley also recommended that people hire through an agency because there’s a greater likelihood of a more thorough screening process, bonding, background checks, and training that may be provided.
There was no direct information provided by the authorities about whether these women had been hired independently or if they worked for an agency.
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