NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 43-year-old woman who often carries a “Hungry and Homeless” sign has been reported missing.
Kathleen O’Loughlin-Silva has not been seen in about three weeks, prompting her sister, Susan O’Loughlin, to file a missing person’s report with the New Brunswick Police.
Susan said her sister, who has a history of drug use and mental illness, has often been seen near George and New streets, and was known to visit Elijah’s Promise community kitchen on Neilson Street and United Methodist Church on George Street.
“The last time I talked to her, she called me from Robert Wood Johnson (University Hospital),” Susan said. “She called me to tell me she had gotten raped. I said, ‘Oh my God.’ But instead of being worried about somebody just raped and saying, ‘I’m scared. Come help me’ kind of thing, she was like, ‘Do you believe they won’t give me any pain pills?’”
Susan said she has been having nightmares about her sister, and the feeling of helplessness is made worst by the fact that she lives in Colorado and their parents live in Virginia. Susan said she won’t be able to come to New Brunswick to help search for her sister for another four weeks or so. Their parents cannot come here, either, because of a medical situation.
When contacted by TAPInto New Brunswick, Susan said her sister was always a fun-loving free spirit. Her thoughts went back to simpler times when they were young and growing up in Helmetta.
“She should have been on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ back when it was funny,” Susan said. “She's a character. She used to love laughing and make jokes.”
The past several years have been tumultuous for Kathleen, including trips to rehab, Susan said.
Kathleen and her husband, Derrick Silva, were squatting in the building on Edgeboro Road in East Brunswick that used to be home to the Bally’s fitness center.
They made their way to New Brunswick about three months ago.
She said although no one friends or family members have reportedly seen or heard from Kathleen, Derrick has been seen in New Brunswick.
Susan said she paid the cell phone bills for Kathleen and Derrick, but their phones have been disconnected.
For now, all the O’Loughlins can do is wait and worry.
“I'm scared that someone hurt her or she got too deep owing money because they're homeless,” she said. “I used to work the EMS out of Spotswood, but I also worked for a private ambulance company. I know what goes on on Remsen Avenue. I know what goes on off of New Street. I know what happens and what people are going there for. And these are all the places my sister has been seen.”
Anyone with information on Kathleen O’Laughlin-Silva should call the New Brunswick police at 732-745-5200.