NYPD: Son used missing woman's credit cards

Police arrested the son of a missing Bronx woman Friday for alleging spending her money after she disappeared earlier in the week.



Joan Viau, 52, was last seen leaving her Carlisle Avenue apartment in Olinville on Monday with her son, Joseph Garcia, police say. They were supposed to be headed to the Veterans Affairs Hospital.



But Viau went missing, and Garcia is facing grand larceny charges for allegedly using her credit cards. Police say they have surveillance video to back up the accusation.



Authorities found her car Wednesday night on East 211th Street, just blocks from her home. They say they found a bloody handprint in the car, more blood on the back seat and even more blood her bathtub.



Police say Garcia has so far only been charged with grand larceny, but he remains a person of interest in her disappearance. They questioned him Friday about her whereabouts.



Investigators had previously questioned Viau's boyfriend, who first reported her missing, according to authorities. He says he fears something "terrible" has happened.



The missing woman is described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing around 135 pounds. She has brown eyes and graying hair.



Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. 


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