Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Deputies last saw Mabel Pugliese at her home on July 13, 2008, when a neighbor called authorities after hearing Pugliese call for help. The deputies visited Pugliese, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, She appeared disoriented and confused.
Pugliese lived with 35 year-old Edward Caldwell, a registered sex offender and convicted felon, who met the victimís grandsons while in prison. Caldwell moved in with the victim in October 2007. Since then, he had taken complete financial advantage of her; obtaining Power of Attorney over all of her affairs. Caldwell had joint access to all of Mabelís bank accounts and social security deposits. When questioned about Mabelís whereabouts, Caldwell gave differing accounts of where she might be. All leads were followed up with negative results. Investigation revealed that Caldwell had gotten rid of all of Mabelís personal belongings and was in the process of selling her house and collecting the profits. In May of 2009, Caldwell was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter, Elderly Abuse, Exploitation of the Elderly, three counts of Theft, three counts of Fraud, and three counts of Forgery. Pugliese has yet to be found.
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