Montgomery teacher who disappeared Tuesday found -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated at 10 a.m. Sept. 6, 2013.

While a Kensington woman who went missing has been found safe, the details of what happened during her disapperance remain unclear.

Hannah Emily Upp, located Wednesday evening, said she cannot remember anything between that point and Monday afternoon, according to Montgomery County Police.

Upp recalled eating lunch at Wheaton Plaza on Monday and then beginning to walk afterward — but nothing else, police said in a statement.

She used the cell phone of a passerby to call her mother around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when she “found herself” in the area of Georgia Avenue and Shorefield Road, according to police.

She was not physically injured, police said.

Angela Cruz, a county police spokesperson, said the investigation is ongoing in case someone is able to report something that happened during the time period.

Cruz said Upp had an interview with county detectives, but wasn’t sure if there would be any further interviews.

In a statement released through police, Upp’s mother Barbara Bellus asked that Upp be given “time and space” to be with family and recover.

“We are tremendously grateful for your thoughts and prayers and attentiveness during the time she was missing,” Bellus said in the statement.

Upp’s disappearance attracted a flurry of attention in part because five years ago, while teaching at a school in New York, Upp vanished for nearly three weeks before being fished out of the New York Harbor by Staten Island ferry workers.

Montgomery County police said Hannah Emily Upp was reported missing Tuesday morning. Upp is an assistant teacher at the Community Montessori Charter School in Kensington. She also lives in the building, which is at 3015 Upton Drive.

Upp, who previously lived and taught Spanish in New York City, made national news after she disappeared for almost three weeks in September 2008. After she was found by ferry workers in the New York Harbor, Upp, then 23, was told she suffered from dissociative fugue, a type of amnesia in which people forget their identity, according to a New York Times article written about her disappearance.

She recently started working at the charter school, which had its first day of school on Aug. 26.