MP of the week: Heather Bloom

This week’s featured missing person is Heather Bloom, a 28-year-old woman with Down Syndrome who was last seen in Berkeley, California on October 1, 2005. She probably disappeared sometime after that though.

People with Down Syndrome have various levels of functionality, and it sounds like Heather was at the lower end: non-verbal, wheelchair-bound and requiring “constant care and supervision.”

She was being cared for by her sister, Shari. After Heather’s parents reported her missing, the police tried to check on her welfare, but Shari wouldn’t let them in the house and they never actually saw Heather. The neighbors also said they never saw Heather either. Last I knew, Shari had moved to Norway — without her sister, presumably.

I did find this 2017 article which has more info about the case and additional pictures of Heather. Though the police are saying there’s no evidence she’s dead or in danger, honestly, to me it doesn’t look good. I mean, a person with those medical conditions would presumably have had to see doctors regularly. She was probably on Medicaid and Social Security disability. They should be able to track her if she was still alive.

3 thoughts on “MP of the week: Heather Bloom

  1. Sheila March 27, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    I wonder if her sister received those benefits for her, and for how long. In some of these cases, welfare fraud is either the only crime they get charged with or at least the opening salvo. Of course, Norway would be unlikely to send her back for welfare fraud. I wish the police could have gotten a warrant to search the home.

    • Eric Fishbein March 29, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      I’m Shari and Heather’s first cousin and this is not the case.

      I’m wondering if there’s any way of getting in touch with Meaghan for more info, my family would really appreciate it.

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