Elderly Alzheimer’s Couple Refuses to Stay Home, Located in Hernando After Disappearing from Panhandle
RIDGE MANOR – An elderly couple diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease have been found safe in Hernando County after they disappeared from their home in Jackson County.
According to officials, Billy King, 79, and his wife Joan King, 77, stated they were leaving their home Greenwood Florida, which is located west of Tallahassee, to visit family in Jacksonville. Several hours later officials issued a Silver Alert after they never returned home or arrived in Jacksonville.
Around 10:00 p.m. last night, a Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a red Kia Spectra traveling at a very slow rate of speed in the area of Treiman Blvd and Cortez Blvd. A traffic stop was conducted and it was soon determined that the occupants were the missing couple. Billy told Deputies that they had been away from home for quite some time. Billy also said the reason they left Jackson County was because his wife was tired and bored of being at home.
Officials in Jackson County say this is the second time this week that the couple has tried to leave town. The first time occurred Wednesday but they were quickly located before leaving town.
The couple has been reunited with their family in Jackson County.
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