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Missing woman found

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A 70-year-old woman with dementia was found injured but safe less than two hours after she was reported missing from a home east of Cave City June 5.

Lauanda Mobley called Sharp County 9-1-1 around 3:30 p.m. reporting her mother, Rosie Marie Smith, missing.

Mobley, who works third shift, said she laid down around 11:30 a.m. and had her 20-year-old child keep an eye on Smith; however, the last time her mother was seen was around 1 p.m., according to 9-1-1 reports.

After searching the home on Sand Hole Road and the outbuildings, Mobley called police.

After about 30 minutes of searching, Smith was located by Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell and his bloodhound, Max. After searching the roadway, Mitchell and Max then turned their sites on the pastures behind the home, Mitchell said. It was there that Max picked up a track. The two followed the track about 800 yards to a deep ravine. Mitchell then spotted Smith at the bottom of the ravine on her back, he said.

Mitchell estimated Smith had fallen approximately five feet. The fall prevented her from getting up, he said.

Mitchell and Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service personnel then assisted her out of the area. After she was checked out by ambulance personnel she was released back to her daughter.

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This woman is lucky to be alive. The 20/yr old should've taken more resposibility. If reponsibility had been taken this woman would never have been subjected to injury. Neglecting a person with dementia or alzheimers is common in today's society. Maybe the older woman with dementia could be placed in an adult day-care while her daughter sleeps during the day. It would certainly be a safer alternative to leaving her care in the hands of someone who is obviously neglectful or lacks the experience to care for someone with this mental disorder.

-- Posted by genie53 on Thu, Jun 19, 2008, at 5:45 AM

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