Heather Bloom

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Above Images: Heather, circa 2005

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 1, 2005 from Berkeley, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 12, 1976
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'7, 140 - 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Heather may wear eyeglasses. She has a scar on her chest.
  • Medical Conditions: Heather has Down Syndrome. She is mentally disabled, non-verbal, wheelchair-bound and requires constant care and supervision. She needs daily medication for heart and thyroid problems.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Heather was last seen in Berkeley, California on October 1, 2005, when the police were called to an apartment at Carleton and California streets to intervene in an argument between Heather's mother, Phyllis, and her sister, Shari, who was Heather's live-in caregiver. The argument was resolved and the police left; this was last time either law enforcement or Heather's mother, who lived in New York, had contact with Heather or Shari, who was estranged from Phyllis.

    Heather's parents reported Heather missing in 2009. The police went to Shari's apartment in March 2010 and she wouldn't open the door for them. She answered questions through the window and said Heather was fine, but she refused to let anyone see Heather or come inside the home. Shari's neighbors reported that they never saw Heather. Within a month, she had moved and police lost track of her. Her landlord had evicted her because she owed thirteen to fourteen thousand dollars in back rent.

    Authorities subsequently learned that Shari moved to Norway on a student visa in approximately 2016. The local media in Berkeley reached out to her by email and phone, but never heard back, and attempts to locate Heather have remained unsuccessful.

    The police are uncertain what happened to Heather and don't necessarily believe she's deceased or in danger, but they need to be able to see her and confirm her well-being to close her missing persons case. It's possible her sister placed her in a care home or with another caregiver in the San Francisco Bay area. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Berkeley Police Department
    510-981-5938

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Oakland Tribune
    The Daily Californian
    NamUs
    ABC 7 News

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 9, 2017; medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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