“Junior detectives”: Kids form search party on bikes, locate missing elderly woman with dementia

by Daniel Payne · Nov 4th, 2019 12:00 am

Last Updated Nov 19th, 2019 at 10:39 am

Four children — ages 10- and 11-years-old — recently located a missing 97-year-old woman with dementia who had wandered away from her residential care center in Roseville, California.

The children learned about the missing woman over a helicopter loudspeaker. They decided to jump on their bikes and join their neighbors in finding the senior citizen. After several hours of searching, including a break for dinner, they located her on a street corner.

The responding dispatcher “was a little surprised to hear a young voice on the line” when the kids called to report they had found the woman, said a police spokesman.

“Because [Belford] has dementia, there was an urgency to find her before she went off on a trail into the woods or ended up on a street with lots of traffic. What could have been a much larger crisis was diverted by these junior detectives who jumped into action,” the spokesman added.