Family members of Mouy Tang have announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the location and safe return of the 46-year-old woman, who disappeared last week from a Cleveland County adult care home.
Tang has schizophrenia and depends on insulin to control diabetes. She wandered from the Unique Living facility in Fallston, about 50 miles west of Charlotte, on Sept. 3. Family members suspect she may have gotten a ride with someone.
On Thursday, state officials suspended the home's license after concluding that conditions, including improper supervision of residents, put residents in imminent danger.
Contacted by the Observer on Friday, Unique Living co-owner and administrator Dana Head declined to comment.
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The state's move follows repeated violations, including a $16,000 fine in 2006 after the death of a resident with dementia who wandered from the home. In June, county officials had urged the state to take over the home, but state officials said violations weren't serious enough.
By Friday afternoon, Cleveland County officials had moved all 60 residents to new homes, mostly adult care homes in counties including Cleveland, Lincoln, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Davie, Yadkin and McDowell, said Department of Social Services Director John Wasson.
Unique Living was to stop operating by midnight Friday, so the social services workers, with help from other county departments, moved quickly to find new homes. “I think given the time we had,” Wasson said, “we did a really good job.”