Photo: Md. officers 'take a walk' with lost 81-year-old woman

The elderly woman’s family worried when she left for a walk and didn’t return


By PoliceOne Staff

LA PLATA, Md. — After an 81-year-old woman with dementia wandered off on a walk and didn’t return home for several hours, a worried family called police, Charles County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

Officers P. DeBoe, C. Caywood, B. Morrison, Sgt. C. Black, and Cpl. C. Clevenger and his K9 partner responded to the call and began to search the area.

After 40 minutes, officers were able to locate the woman on a tree-lined trail. She was confused by the large presence of police and asked the officers if they were on a walk too. Officers told her “yes.”

“She seemed relieved and told them she had lost her way,” the department posted.

A photo captured Officer Morrison taking the woman’s hand, and along with other officers, walking her back to her house.

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Officers made small talk with the woman along the way and she offered advice for a long, healthy life: “Eat good and stay active.”

The department said officers encounter situations like this everyday.

“In this case, a frightening situation for the family ended happily,” they wrote. “For that, they were thankful. For us, it's the rewarding part of policing.”

The post was hashtagged with “Respect those with dementia.” It garnered over 49,000 shares and 200,000 reactions.

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