PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police in Westmoreland County says a missing woman has been found safe.
According to Lower Burrell Police, Janice Baxter, 73, is now back home. There’s no word on where she was located.
Officials and family members were growing more concerned as she possibly has dementia, walks with a cane and is on several medications.
“She was last seen Aug. 27 by her neighbor. She was leaving, going to a nursing home to visit her terminally ill husband, which is five miles away from her house,” said Mike Baxter, Janice’s brother-in-law. “Her purse is here, money, credit card, phone.”
On Monday morning, a Maryland State Police trooper encountered Baxter along Interstate 68 in Garrett County.
During that encounter, Baxter was given gas money and directions to Lower Burrell.
“He found her along the road, made contact with her, called AAA, and gave her some gas money and directions to get back to Lower Burrell,” said her brother-in-law. “That’s all we know at this time, she was sent north from Garrett County, Maryland.”
Family members were growing more and more concerned with each passing hour before she was found.
“Everybody is really concerned. Everybody is real distraught over it,” said Mike. “She’s never disappeared, she’s been around for everyone.”