Alyssa Olivier is a Colorado mom who reported missing two months ago was recently found “safe” in Manhattan. But the story does not yet have a happy ending.
Loved ones say Olivier’s story is a family’s worst nightmare: she’s suffered an apparent mental break and is homeless — and possibly violent — on the streets of New York City.
She is 39 years old.
Alyssa Olivier Missing
This summer, Alyssa left her home in Denver, driving a beat-up 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara to visit her great aunt in Kansas, where she was born and raised. From there, she motored to New York.
It was familiar ground for the 39-year-old, a Cooper Union art grad who still has friends in the city.
Family members said they stopped getting texts two days after Alyssa’s Aug. 2 arrival in NYC and filed a missing-persons report in Colorado later the same month after her city pals said they’d not heard from her.
Alyssa is separated from her husband and has a 10-year-old daughter, Georgia, her mom said. When Alyssa left Colorado, the estranged couple had been preparing to sell their house.
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Alyssa had been living with her parents, helping out her mom, who has lymphoma, by fixing meals, doing laundry, driving her to appointments, and “little things around the house.”
“She was an artist. She painted, she worked with fabric … textiles. She has her website,” Kristie Olivier said.
Found Living in New York
On Oct. 14, an anonymous caller responding to Alyssa’s missing-person poster told Pereira they spotted her with a white kitten on East 10th Street. Pereira told The Post he and Alyssa’s friend then found the missing woman near Tompkins Square Park that same day.
“She looked tired. She was carrying three bags, and she looked homeless,” Pereira said.
Alyssa declined medical attention and refused to go with Pereira. The PI gave her $100 and a list of “important phone numbers” and told her, “people are worried about you, including your Mom.”
“I hope she seeks medical treatment. She needs the help,” he said last week.
Her mother is grateful she is alive but shudders at the thought there is virtually nothing more she can do. Her daughter is a consenting adult.
“She can hold a conversation and maintain a conversation,” said Pereira, who spoke with Alyssa for “10 to 12 minutes” after locating her. “We can’t just put her in a straitjacket and send her to Bellevue Hospital. The entire situation is delicate. But she does need help.”
“I’d like to see her get a hold of her friends in New York,” her mother said. “There were people from coast to coast helping in the search for Alyssa. They still are helping her get into a situation where she is no longer homeless. She is out there on the streets carrying around a bag and a small cat.
“We are terrified. We know the state of the streets in New York, and the weather is going to turn. This has baffled us.”
Meanwhile, NYPD detectives have an open case in the 13th Precinct in Midtown for an alleged Oct. 12 assault, the NYPD and Pereira told The Post. A 43-year-old woman told police that while walking on First Avenue, a woman kicked her in the face, “causing pain and a bloody nose.”