As 2018 draws to a close, light a candle for the missing. I have lit two bay candles.
One candle is lit for Geoff Partridge of Villanova.
One candle is lit for Anna Maciejewska Gould of Malvern.
They have people who love them and the families deserve the answers they seek. My wish as I lit the candles are for the missing to find their way home.
I know neither of these missing people personally, but this could happen to any family.
Here’s hoping the new year brings answers and the missing do indeed find their way home.
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This is what community looks like. This is what it truly looks like when people come together for a greater good, and to support friends and neighbors.
Geoff Partridge is still missing.
Last evening it was bitter cold down on the Schuylkill, and still they came one by one to Flat Rock Park in Gladwyne for the Candlelight Vigil for Geoff Partridge. People who could not be there lit candles in their own home and posted photos on the event page.
Last night you saw an example of the best kind of humanity. It’s the week before Christmas, and I don’t know about you but I’m praying for a Christmas miracle.
If you know anything concerning the whereabouts of Geoff Partridge please contact police.
And Philadelphia area media? Especially the television stations? Would it kill you to keep showing Geoff’s face on TV? I have seen what you have done with other missing persons, so please help his family out.
Lower Merion Township? I realize you all are not happy with this publicly but this is someone’s friend, son, husband, family member, neighbor and so on. And you know what? If this was someone beloved in your families these people would do the same for you. That is the thing about this community. I have seen it over the years.
True community like this is magical. Seeing these photos made tears well up in my eyes.
Again, Geoff is still missing.
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Geoff Partridge has been missing since about December 5th from what I can piece together. And the only media that seems interested is Patch, Main Line Media News, and CBS Philly. Truthfully there is NOT much media on this and I can’t help but wonder why?
Geoff Partridge went missing in Lower Merion Township. Is Lower Merion not excercising all options to locate a missing and potentially endangered person? There is so little information available it’s kind of odd.
Does Geoff Partirdge have to be a missing teen or woman? Or will this turn into one of these Lower Merion missing person mysteries? You know like Toni Lee Sharpless??? She went missing once upon a time in Lower Merion, correct? Or what about Anna Bronislawa Maciejewska from Chester County? How do these people just vanish and it seems up to ordinary citizens to keep the missing persons cases alive?
When I first saw the missing blasts crossing social media I shared because he came from the township I essentially grew up in and spent a lot of my adult life living in. He also just looked like a nice person. Kind of what motivated me to share about Anna Maciejewska when she first went missing. Life is short and precious and it costs nothing to pay it forward.
Then I read Geoff Partridge suffered from bi-polar depression and between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be really, really hard for anyone experiencing depression. It’s hard enough some years for any of us for any number of reasons. All I kept thinking is his poor family, not realizing at first I actually know his mother as she and I share mutual close friends.
After I first shared the missing post my friends contacted me to say thank you and to tell me I did know his mom. And as day after day goes by, I can’t help but wonder what is being said off of the record somewhere that this does NOT seem to be getting the media attention it should?
My friends from Gladwyne and many other residents are combing the area near where his car was found every day for hours. I have friends with boats on the river who live down on River Road and close by who have been searching. Even Philadelphia Search and Rescue has gotten into the act, so what gives in the Magic Kingdom that it just doesn’t feel like other than friends and neighbors have a sense of urgency?
Here is what TAPinto Lower Merion and Narberth has had to say:
Gladwyne, PA — Cadaver dogs from the Greater Philadelphia Search & Rescue Team joined the Gladwyne Fire Company Water Rescue Unit Sunday, December 9, searching for a missing Villanova, PA man. The man’s car was found Wednesday at 1:47 PM partially submerged in the Schuylkill River.
Geoff Partridge, 37, of Villanova, PA, went missing on Wednesday, December 5 at around 12:15 pm.
The car was submerged but the rear end of the vehicle was still showing when it was noticed….The LMPD’s working theory is that the man was washed from the vehicle by the fast flowing river’s current after the car plunged into the frigid water. The water temperature is low enough that a body could be submerged and unless found may not be spotted until the temperature rises in the spring….Roughly 27 persons, 3 dogs, and 5 rescue boats were employed for the search. The local team from Gladwyne Fire Company used two boats, the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue unit provided 3 boats. Detective-Sergeant Michael Vice of the Lower Merion Police Department oversaw the entire operation.
Ok seriously. Not trying to be critical of law enforcement but Geoff Partridge is someone’s son and husband and friend and so on. He matters. Please pay it forward and share this post or the others on social media.
His family deserves answers.