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Posted on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

Ann Arbor police searching for missing 20-year-old woman

By Kyle Feldscher

Update: Missing Ann Arbor woman found

Ann Arbor police are searching for Amanda Reddy, a 20-year-old woman who has been missing since 6 p.m. Tuesday.


Amanda Reddy

Courtesy of Ann Arbor police

Police issued a missing person alert for Reddy early Wednesday afternoon. She was last seen in the area of Yost Boulevard and Washtenaw Avenue, according to police.

According to police, Reddy has mental health issues and has been off of her medication. spoke with an Ann Arbor police officer shortly after dispatchers notified patrols to be on the lookout Tuesday, but no information on Reddy was available at the time.

Anyone with information regarding Reddy’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Bill Stanford at 734-323-2628 or the Ann Arbor police tip line at 734-794-6939.



Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 3:46 a.m. includes a PICTURE, and y'all are kvetching at them for not giving a verbal description? This isn't radio, you know.


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 10:32 p.m.

i cant believe that my friend is missing :( you rly dont think that people you know an love would ever go missing untill it happens :'( wish i could be there in michigan an helping look hope your ok amanda i love you


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 2:12 p.m.

You should be ashamed that you feel there is shame in mentioning this young woman has mental health problems. It's okay to say someone who is missing is a diabetic or has Alzheimer's, but it's not okay to mention mental illness? By all accounts, those of you lamenting about the mention of mental health would agree that it is an ILLNESS and as such, this reporting provides information that is helpful since she may need meds or specific care in order to stay safe. Grow up!


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:30 p.m.

Is that a HIPPAA violation to publish in the news that someone has "mental health issues?" I encourage the news writers to think about how you would feel if you were missing and someone put that in the news about you. Also might want to look into the legality of it. I'm not a lawyer, but this feels wrong. Really wrong.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 2:23 p.m.

No, is not a "covered entity" under HIPAA, so it can't violate the regulations. Among other things, covered entities "furnish, bill or receive payment for health care in the normal course of business" (per CMS). Theoretically, depending on how the site got the information about the young woman's health, someone else may have violated the laws (although I highly doubt it). Think of it this way, if a lawyer breaks attorney-client confidentiality and tells me something their client told them, then I tell someone else, I'm not the one who gets in trouble because I don't have any relationship with the lawyer's client nor am I am attorney. But aside from all that, it's pertinent information about a person who may be in trouble and it could lead to her being found. Sadly, mental health issues (challenges?) are stigmatized, so perhaps it seems worse than saying a missing person is diabetic and may be without her medication, but not saying it it could very well hurt the search.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.

I'm no lawyer, but i believe HIPAA pretty much applies to ones health care providers and insurance etc. I don't believe it applies to either the police or the news industry. I am willing to be corrected. In any case I think it is useful information to have in the event one comes across the young woman. As useful as knowing things like medications a missing person might need.

Austin Winkle

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4 a.m.

I've known this girl since we were in the 7th grade, my first girlfreind too, she has gone through a lot over the years of her life, and i feel bad for her that things like this are starting to happen. i wish that i could do something for her i really do. i miss her so much. and i really hope that she is ok, because i still care for her. my prayers go out to her. amanda speak to you only now, wherever you are, wherever you may be. Stay safe, stay strong, you are forever in my heart, even though we may have had our differences in the past, i am here for you, for whatever you need. i will be there no matter what. i miss you, and i pray that you are safe and things will get better. whatever has happened is in the past and now what we must face is our future and i know you can make that right. you are a strong wonderful person that i once knew and remember. you can do this i belive in you. so all i have to say now is please be safe. Austin Winkle


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 12:46 a.m.

Sounds like she's not the only one off her meds. Thanks for the comment that gave weight, height and clothes information.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:30 a.m.

A reminder that a blog, even though it may carry the name of a former newspaper, is _not_ a news source. It isn't that hard to include who, what, where, when, how, why, writers.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 12:37 a.m.

I am wondering why it is necessary at all to bring up any mental health issues that this young woman might have. I see it as an invasion of her privacy as well as that of her family. I don't believe anyone that has reported this story is qualified to comment on her mental health. There are many degrees of mental problems and perhaps she is not seriously impaired by hers.


Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 3:44 a.m.

In addition, it's necessary because it explains why it's a story at all. Under normal circumstances, a 20-year-old disappearing isn't cause for involvement by police or media, because if an adult wants to disappear, it's their own darn business. Exceptions come into play only when (a) there are signs of foul play, or (b) the adult has some form of disability.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

Also gives you an idea of how to handle an encounter you may have with her.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:02 a.m.

Because there is a difference between a 20 yr old that has mental " issues " that has been missing less than 24 hours and a 20 yr old that does not have " issues " that may have just decided to split for a while.I'm not trying to be nasty here.When I first started reading the article I figured she just had taken off but then I read the rest of it I understood the importance

Loves this City

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 12:04 a.m.

Thanks, everyone for your nastiness. Good work. You have successfully convinced me to not read comments (which I almost never do because what on earth comes from commenting in this setting?) or to ever comment again. I have been concerned by this story, wishing well for this person, and hoping that the search for her has positive and helpful results. Stating that (prayers, positive thoughts, wishes, or whatever you like to call it) in this forum does nothing to help bring her home. Attempting a dialog with the editors of this "publication" about language in the writing could potentially be positively interpreted by anyone who is concerned with how we treat each other and how language is a large part of that. I will not read any further comments on the story, so feel free to carry on this non-dialog however you wish, and even speak poorly of me. I wish Miss Reddy as well as she can possibly be, and thank the authorities that are working to locate and bring her home safely for their kindness and commitment to their jobs.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

I will only add...welcome to the jungle. One thing I've learned about Ann is that folks will dissect your words like your Ben Bernanke. We've all had posts where we are "King of the Jungle" and posts where we are a "3 legged gazelle" and everything in between.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

An immature response that attempts to illicit a feeling of remorse. Also seems you're trying to turn yourself into the victim. I'm sorry that the comments "hurt your feeling" but this comment seems a bit "grade school" and is way off topic. The important thing here is that this person..... is missing. Getting out all the known information is more important that worrying about how it's said (Though it seems physical descriptors are missing If a person with "Mental Health _________" had won an award or been bullied at school and that was the article then yes, perhaps it could have been worded differently.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:34 p.m.

Who has said anything nasty about Amanda? People are just trying to understand the situation in the hope that they can somehow help. Well, everybody except the person who thinks the word 'issues' is four letters.

Austin Winkle

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4:04 a.m.

thank you for saying this to these people, i hate it when people say rude and nasty things about another person and even when its about a person that i know. if you would please read my comment that i have made i hope that its will make you smile or feel better.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 12:37 a.m.

Just in case you do decide to read this...... prayers, positive thoughts,wishes or what ever does as much to bring her home as you worrying about " mental health issue " vs " mental health challenges "


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 10:19 p.m.

Dear "Loves this City", of course it is an "issue" otherwise treatment would not be needed. The word "issue" is also commonly used in medical reports and such. If it is used by medical professionals, I see no reason to change it to attempt ludicrious levels of political corrections. Sugarcoating situations numbs people to the reality. It softens and colors a potentially serious situation. This young woman could have gotten into a strangers car, or due to her mental issues misread a situation and is now in danger. I think our time would be better spent praying for her safe return then getting caught up on semantics.

Austin Winkle

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4:05 a.m.

i know her, she would never do somthing like the things that you are saying, the amanda i know is smarter than to do that.


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 10:54 p.m.

My objective guess is that praying her for will do as much as pointing out someone else's semantics.


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 9:57 p.m.

I couldnt agree more CPLtownie. Someone is offended by the word "issues". Ha....thats a new one!


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

According to Detroit Channel 4 she is described as "5 feet tall and 120 pounds. She was wearing a brown T-shirt and jeans, no coat."


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 9:29 p.m.

Why don't "WE" concentrate on finding this person, rather than wrapping ourselves up in a blanket of self proclaimed political correctness... Sigh.


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 9:12 p.m.

Where can I get a pair of Rose colored sunglasses?

Loves this City

Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 8:54 p.m.

I would kindly request that you consider referring to this individual's "mental health issues" as "mental health challenges." A person with a disability or health problem is well aware of his or her own "issues." Relabeling the issue as a challenge implies that there are potential solutions and/or supports to make a challenge manageable - not just a hopeless problem.

Nina Brennan

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 12:05 a.m.

pedantic like issues can't be resolved?