WINONA -- A missing Columbus woman was found safe in Montgomery County Friday afternoon.
According to Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix, the focus of a statewide Silver Alert was found safe and sound just south of Winona Friday afternoon.
A Silver Alert, a public notification system in the United States to broadcast information about missing persons – especially senior citizens with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other mental disabilities, was issued Friday morning for Alice Lenore, 86, of Columbus. Lenore was last seen at a Columbus convenient store the night of January 19.
Nix said the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department received a “be on the lookout” for Lenore around 8:45 a.m. Friday.
Around 2:30 p.m., Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center received a 911 call from a motorist reporting a vehicle in a ditch on Foltz Road off Highway 51 south of Winona.
“Someone called 911 saying a car was in the ditch and a lady was crawling around near her vehicle,” Nix said. “She just ran off the road.”
Nix said when deputies responded they discovered that she was the subject of the morning’s silver alert.
“The lady was unharmed, and the vehicle wasn’t damaged,” Nix said. “A family member came and picked her up.”