A helicopter was dispatched over the city of Auburn Tuesday morning to search for a missing suicidal woman, according to a press release from the Auburn Police Department.
Police, along with the Auburn Fire Department and TLC Ambulance, were called to 132 E. Genesee St. around 5 a.m. Tuesday for reports of a medical emergency concerning 33-year-old Jessica Morales, also known as "Gaga." Morales fled the residence after learning police had been called, according to police.
Larry Forjone, who originally called 911, informed dispatchers of Morales's ongoing medical conditions, drug history and threats to harm herself, which resulted in an extensive search to locate the woman, police said. Onondaga County's Air One helicopter was called in to assist with an aerial search after concern arose that Morales was in the area of the Mill Street Dam, police said.
Morales was located Tuesday afternoon after a tipster reported seeing her in the area of Grant Avenue and Ketchell Street. She was located after a brief foot pursuit, police said. Police determined Morales was wanted by state police in the Wayne County town of Savannah on felony charges. She was turned over to state police and transferred back to Savannah, Auburn Police Investigator Chris White said.
Forjone, the 911 caller, was located with Morales. He was arrested at the scene and charged with third-degree hindering prosecution, a misdemeanor, as he was aware of the warrant out on Morales and had been advised of the consequences for helping her, police said. The 36-year-old Auburn man was arraigned in Auburn City Court Tuesday.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Auburn Police Department Detective Bureau, Detective Bryant Bergenstock at (315) 258-9880 or (315) 253-3231 or White at (315) 252-5874. Callers may remain anonymous.