El Paso, TX (KTSM) – Family members and police confirm missing 82-year-old Guadalupe Martinez was recently found by family in Ciudad Juarez.
El Paso Police reported 82- year-old Martinez missing on Christmas Day.
Ms. Martinez was last seen on Christmas Day at the 11300 block of Lake Nemi, wearing a gray blouse, black coat, and pants according to police.
KTSM crew member was with the Martinez family when they were notified by the authorities that Ms. Martinez was found safe in Juarez.
Police say Ms. Martinez was considered endangered as she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and was in need of her medication.
Family members who were searching for Martinez in Juarez found her at a police station.
Martinez’s daughters said they searched for their beloved mother and grandmother all Christmas Day.
“We all started looking for my mother the whole night and it was unsuccessful,” Hilda Azuni Martinez said.
The family was preparing for another night of searching when they received a phone call from family who found Martinez in Juarez. They are unclear how she ended up in Juarez.
They said she appeared to be in good health, but a bit disoriented.
“She thinks she just delivered a baby as you guys can tell her medications she needs to take them and we need to get her medically cleared but thank you everyone we appreciate all the help,” Denny Azuni, Guadalupe’s grandchild said.
The family cautioned people with loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia to take extra precautions and asks the public to call police if you suspect an elderly person is lost.
“We ask to please not give them rides to those kinds of persons on the highways or the streets call the police so they can pick them up,” Azuni-Martinez said.
Family said they just needed to work with authorites to get her back to EL Paso where she could get checked at a local hospital, but otherwise said she was well and ready to return home.