DIAMOND BAR — A 72-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease was found lying in a wash and reunited with her family Friday after she vanished from an assisted living facility the previous afternoon, officials said.
The woman went missing Thursday afternoon from an assisted living home in the 1000 block of Banner Ridge Road, Lt. Chris Blasnek said. Caretakers reported last seeing her watching TV about 3 p.m. before she disappeared.
As night approached and officials grew increasingly concerned about the missing woman, deputies continued a systematic search of the area with the help of a helicopter and tracking dog, the lieutenant said.
The dog tracked the woman’s scent to Sycamore Canyon park, but the difficult terrain prevented an overnight search, officials said.
Rescuers resumed the search in the morning, and a helicopter spotted the woman lying in a wash along Monument Canyon Road about 10:45 a.m. Friday, Blasnek said.
She was hospitalized for evaluation, but did not appear to be seriously harmed, he added. Worried family members were reunited with the missing woman at the scene where she was found.