Former Metallica lead guitarist and founder of Megadeath, Dave Mustaine is currently suffering one of the worst tragedies imaginable. His wife’s mother, who has Alzheimer’s, has disappeared. It is impossible to explain to anyone who has never witnessed Alzheimer’s first hand just how devastating this disease is. I won’t even try, since I could not begin to do the subject justice.
Dave’s mother in law (Sally Estabrook) simply walked away from the campsite where she and her husband were vacationing near Julian California.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke to KFMB about the search for his missing mother-in-law, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
75-year-old Sally Estabrook was last seen at a campground near Julian, California Saturday afternoon, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Sunday. Her husband noticed she was gone when he returned from a shower and couldn’t find her.
“As you can imagine, they’re pretty distraught,” Dave said about how his family is dealing with his mother-in-law’s disappearance. “My wife is very, very upset. I think, with [my mother-in-law] having Alzheimer’s, it complicates it so much.”
“We miss her. We want to come back. We want to find her,” Dave’s son — and Sally Estabrook’s grandson — Justis Mustaine told KGTV.
The MEGADETH leader and his wife, Pam, Estabrook’s daughter, lived in Fallbrook, California — one hour north of San Diego — until they moved to Tennessee just last week. All of them flew back to California upon learning of Estabrook’s disappearance.
“[Dave is] in shock. We’re all in shock. She’s been out there two nights already, no food, no water, nowhere to sleep. We just hope she’s alright,” Justis Mustaine told KGTV.
Estabrook is 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 145 pounds with shoulder-length, blond hair. She was last seen wearing a teal top and white, Capri pants.
Because Estabrook suffers from Alzheimer’s, she isn’t very communicative, but might respond to her name.
Anyone who sees Estabrook should call 911 or the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200.
As it happens, I live about 15 miles away from where Sally Estabrook disappeared. Most of my readers of course do not live anywhere near California, let alone 15 miles from where this tragic story is unfolding, so I would ask that you please keep the Estabrook’s and the Mustaine’s in your prayer’s.