Dorothy Donald has Stage 4 dementia and disappeared from her home Tuesday morning.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Metro police confirm that a woman reported missing Tuesday morning has been found safely.
Dorothy Donald, 78, walked away from her home on Luton Street right after 8 a.m., according to her niece, Cindy Dinning. Officers said they found Donald on Douglas Avenue right before 1 p.m. and said, "I'm ready to go home."
Dinning said Donald suffers from Stage 4 dementia, and this is the fifth time she's wandered from home.
Donald went missing for nearly five hours, but relatives said it felt like five lifetimes.
"I was at my ends," said her daughter, Pamela. "When she gets something in her mind, she's just going to walk."
Pamela Donald said she came home from work Tuesday morning to find her mother missing. She claims the man responsible for watching Dorothy went to the bathroom for a minute, enough time for the elderly woman to walk out the door.
Metro Police issued a Silver Alert. Helicopters flew above the search area and officers went door-to-door. Donald's family combed East Nashville looking for any signs of the petite woman.
The search ended happily, but Donald's loved ones said the changes start today.
"I'm hoping we can put locks on the doors or beepers to keep alert," Pamela said.
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