FOUND | Missing Shelby County woman with Alzheimer’s found safe
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Shelby County woman with Alzheimer’s who had been missing since Wednesday afternoon has been found safe.
According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, 75-year-old Leoni Unzicker was discovered by a woman riding a horse on Brooks Lane, just west of Unzicker's home, at about 10 a.m. on Friday.
"Once I saw her, and I realized this is who they've been looking for, I tied up my horse to a post and went over," said Joyce Rueff, who was on a trail with her horse named Ollie.
At the time, Unzicker was sitting and picking flowers, according to the sheriff's office, and was "in great spirits." Authorities say she was in good physical condition but was taken to an area hospital for a checkup and reunited with her family.
"We don't know, at this point, what path she took or how," Det. Mark Moore said. "She was not able to tell us anything about her experience in those two days."
The news comes one day after the Shelby County Sheriff's Office suspended its search after spending a day-and-a-half looking for her.
Unzicker's daughter, Cheryl Benedict, flew in from Utah to help search. On Friday, she thanked Rueff for locating her mother.
"She was definitely prompted by our Heavenly Father to go the way she went to find our mom," Benedict said.
Unzicker walked away from her home Wednesday. The sheriff's office had asked for the public's help to find her. Authorities say she has wandered away from her home several times in the past few days but has always been found.
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