A woman missing since Feb. 8 has been found safe in Denton, her father and police said Wednesday.
Iryna Rybalchenko, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, was in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for a mental health evaluation after being detained by Denton police Monday night, her father said.
Volodymyr Rybalchenko said police told him that his 31-year-old daughter had caused minor damage at a fast food restaurant.
“She’s in poor health, but she’s been found,” her father said. Her family says she has been in need of her medications.
Her family had not received a telephone call or message from Iryna Rybalchenko, who also has vision problems. And she has no cellphone, vehicle or money.
Her family had contacted authorities time after time, posted fliers and asked for help on social media.
Her father said that since 2010 he had to put Iryna Rybalchenko in a hospital once and that she has left home twice.
“Recently, she feared going to her doctor appointments,” her father said in a previous interview with the Star-Telegram. “The doctors changed her medications and her anxiety level was very high.”
He said his daughter could not keep her affairs in order and didn’t have friends in the area.
The fear of doctors’ appointments was one reason she left her family’s home in the 4600 block of Matthew Drive on Feb. 6. She obtained alcohol and was picked up by police for public intoxication.
Iryna Rybalchenko was released from jail in downtown Fort Worth on Feb. 7, but police detained her a few hours later when she shoplifted a bag of chips at a Walgreens.
“The store did not want to pursue charges, and she didn’t have any identification, so the officer took her to a shelter,” her father said.
“We brought her home,” Volodymyr Rybalchenko said. “She acted fine, and I truly believe she was going to do better. ”
She was left at home alone Feb. 8 and was gone by the time her parents returned later that day.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.