By Amy Wadas

ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — A missing Beaver County woman was found safe after boarding a bus to Pittsburgh.

Debra Ann Freeman, 61, also known as Debra Hines, disappeared around lunchtime Monday. Police said she was located Tuesday morning, is doing okay and was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland to get checked out.

Her disappearance left her family on edge and wondering if she was okay.

“She never did this before, never. Never left home before. Debra knows Aliquippa though. She was born and raised here,” Freeman’s mother, Mary Hines, said.

Freeman lives with her mother on Wykes Street.

“I left home around 12:30, 12:30, 1 o’clock I was going to Comcast. She was sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette and I got in the car and took off,” Hines said.

Hines said she did some shopping and came home to find her daughter missing.

Freeman goes to a program for the elderly in Center Township every morning, but a neighbor said she noticed something out of the ordinary.

“She gets on the bus and goes to a program, but she didn’t get on that bus,” Martha Bazemore said.

The family was concerned because Freeman has a medical history and wears a medical alert necklace.

“She was in mental health at one time, had a mental problem. She forgets things, but lately she’s been very alert,” Hines said.

Freeman was found at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland, after taking a bus to the city.

Officials at the Beaver County Transit Authority said they were going to review footage from the buses that ran on Monday.

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