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Missing woman's son speaks out about search

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Tomas Zavalidroga, whose mother Margaret is missing, says he's not happy with the search for the 83-year-old woman, and says he wants to organize his own.

Tomas Zavalidroga spoke to NewsChannel 2 via telephone Monday and one of the many questions that was asked was why he didn't provide police with a picture of his mother immediately to help in the search.

"Because we live all the way up north," Zavalidroga said. "We're not from Oneida." He continued that his mother does own a computer that has a lot of pictures of her on it, but it has a virus.

Zavalidroga has sent WKTV three photos of his mother, and has since forwarded those to police.

Even though he his not happy with the search process, Oneida Police Chief David Meeker said, "That's his opinion. The search has been extensive, and we're doing a full ground search. Everything that can be done is being done."

Meeker said the case is a missing person's case and will continue to be unless there is evidence otherwise.

So does Zavalidroga feel like he's a suspect?

"Well, if you read the papers, TV, it appears with the deterioration of our society, past cases involving family members, they start pointing fingers at family or something," he said. "In this case, it's kinda ridiculous that anyone would even suggest it, because there's a witness initially. My mother purchased this vehicle. To think that by the time she purchased this vehicle and then picked the vehicle up, some sort of foul play involving family would have taken place is somewhat far fetched."

Oneida City Police say they will continue to search the area Monday night along State Route 5 in Oneida near Nye Automotive.

Those with any information regarding the whereabouts of Margaret Zavalidroga are asked to call Oneida City Police. 

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