Zavalidroga: No one will say where mother is

By Gary Liberatore

(WKTV) - Tomas Zavalidroga of Blossvale appeared in Oneida City Court on Friday morning and told the judge he is getting closer to retaining a private attorney.

The 52-year-old is charged with reckless endangerment and filing a false report.

Zavalidroga reported his mother, 83-year-old Margaret Zavalidroga missing on July 18.  She was found in a wooded area off of Lenox Avenue  in Oneida four days later.

Police say Margaret Zavalidroga was partially clothed when she was found and they say she told police her son Tomas left her in the woods.

Zavalidroga was found not to qualify for a public defender because he has too many assets, namely more than 100 acres of property in Annsville.

He has been trying to hire his own attorney, but Friday morning told the judge he needed two more weeks.

The judge allowed the two weeks; he is due back in court on Sept. 5.

As part of the conditions of his bail, he is to have no contact with his mother.

After his court appearance, Zavalidroga talked to the media.

When News Channel 2 asked him if he had heard how his mother was doing, he replied, "You know that is of concern, not that I want to challenge the order of protection in any way, but I am concerned that she is OK, wherever she is.  I have no idea where she is, and nobody else seems to know that either, so I haven't been able to find a relative or anyone else that has any information on her."

After taking a few questions, the public defender representing Zavalidroga came outside and urged him that it was in his best interest to stop talking to the media.  Zavalidroga heeded the advice and stopped the interview.

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