BRADDOCK (KDKA) — A local woman who went missing from a personal care home for the second time in one week was found early this morning when she walked back into the facility on her own.
Crews spent the overnight hours searching for 75-year-old Patricia King.
According to officials, King wandered away from the Davis Personal Care Home on 6th Avenue in Braddock around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. She reportedly went for a walk.
“She apparently exchanged some words with a caretaker and she left,” said Mayor John Fetterman, of Braddock.
Authorities say King suffers from dementia and there were major concerns over her safety and well-being.
She was found around 4:40 a.m. when she returned on her own to the personal care facility.
King also went missing on Monday when she reportedly walked away from the facility. She was later found at the Burger King in North Versailles having a cup of coffee and eating a candy bar.
Her walk, as she referred to it to authorities, started yet another desperate search.
“Something’s breaking down because a 75-year-old woman should not be on or near the Kerry Furnace site at three o’clock in the morning,” Fetterman said. “She indicated that she has a space down there that she won’t disclose.”
The owner of Davis Personal Care Home didn’t want to talk on camera, but told KDKA’s Ross Guidotti that they aren’t legally allowed to grab someone and bring them back into their facility once they’ve left. Also, all the alarms were working.
She also says the state department of public welfare has already contacted her regarding King’s Monday incident.
Finally, she said they plan on moving King to a secured elder care facility for her own good.
According to sources, after she returned home this morning, King was taken to McKeesport Hospital where she had a basic, overall evaluation as a precaution.
She is expected to be fine.