Morgan County authorities locate missing woman with dementia

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Rosemary Ballas has been located. Authorities used dogs to search the area. Balas was found in a wooded area beside a creek less than a mile from her home.

The sheriff’s office says that she was found alert but in pain. Emergency crews transported Balas by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment.

The North Alabama Search Dog Association helped K-9 officer Shelby and Handler Terry Slizewski during the search, along with Sheriffs Office Investigators Irvin and Ferguson.

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Authorities are looking for an elderly woman who left her home in the Hartselle area overnight.

Rosemary Ballas, 70, walked away from her home on Vaughn Bridge Road sometime between midnight and 5 a.m., according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Ballas suffers from dementia, they said.

Ballas is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 230 pounds. She has brown hair tinged with gray and was last seen wearing a red top and red shorts.

Anyone who has seen her is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 256-351-4800.

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