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UPDATE: Decatur Police Locate Missing Woman

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Elizabeth Loretta Swords, 66

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – UPDATE: Decatur Police have located the missing woman.

Elizabeth Loretta Swords, 66, went missing after she was supposed to drive from her apartment on Sandlin Rd to Kirby Bridge Rd yesterday at 4:00 p.m., but she never arrived.

Swords was located in Jemison, AL at a gas station. She is in good health and with her vehicle, according to police. A customer at the gas station noticed she was confused and checked on her. He contacted a family member for her.

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  • Stephanie Lawrence

    If you are going to let someone with beginning stages of dementa drive, put a lo-jack on thier vehicle so that you can locate it.

  • Gloria Sees Through Rain

    Jessica and Stephanie, she may have had a stroke which could have left her disorientated even though she had been perfectly fine before. It can happen to ANYONE at any time. May we should take away your license or lo-jack your car just incase.

  • mariewest

    this is nothing to play with, if you don’t have a family member or friend with a memory problem don’t judge others.. This is so sad, you can’t tell how fast this progresses.. I completely understand how she could get lost.. May God be with lady and her family..

  • Sarah Chastain

    I’m older than she and don’t have any memory problems but I’m sure that there will come a time for me and everybody who is commenting at any age when we shouldn’t be driving. That’s one of the things that I worry about as I get older. Will I know when I should stop driving? I value my independence and it will be terrible to surrender my car keys.

  • Karinttt

    Personally, I see nothing wrong with Lo-Jacking a vehicle of someone who only “sometimes” gets lost. And, I don’t see anything wrong with the family instigating the paperwork to have their DL taken away from them. But, this family was obviously surprised that that she had gotten to this point. Sometimes it’s not quite clear that an individual is “that” confused. Severity can increase dramatically almost overnight and surprise everyone. There aren’t really a lot of cases like this. But there are a few and I’m sure the family was surprised. Being occasionally confused about where you are does not translate into “not knowing how to drive” or being reckless in driving. This woman was doing just fine obviously except she didn’t know how to get home. Glad she’s safe and found. That’s the important thing.

  • Leesa Moran

    Thank God the nice gentleman recognized her confusion. I am now dealing with what to do about my mom and letting her continue to drive. I’m calling tomorrow about getting a GPS put on her car after reading this. Because I know the day WILL come when I will have to take her keys but I don’t want to too early. It’s such a fine line…

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