A 65-year-old Rocklin woman who had been missing since Tuesday has been reunited with her family and is safe, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
Spokesperson Dena Erwin said the woman, Kathleen Pace, was located on Garnet Way in Auburn at about 6 p.m. Saturday when Deputy Dustin Johnston was on patrol. He was looking to serve a warrant, Erwin said, and passed a couple of parked cars, and "just had some sort of hunch," and decided to back up and run their plates to see if they matched the information for the warrant.
What he found instead was that one matched the vehicle listed in a Silver Alert issued by the California Highway Patrol for Pace, who reportedly suffered from dementia and had last been seen at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital at around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday. She told family members the previous day that she was going to drive to Fontana to see her sister. Pace had not been seen or heard from since leaving Auburn on Tuesday. Family members noticed that she had removed all her clothing from her residence, but left some of her medication behind.
Pace was reportedly found in the backseat of her vehicle, a 1993 Plymouth Sundance, and the deputy could see she needed help.
"She was talking and she needed help, but she wasn't laying there deathly ill or anything like that," said Erwin, who described Pace as being in good condition when she was found.
Johnston helped Pace out of the car and transported her to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, where she was reunited with her grateful daughter, Erwin said.
"The good thing is she was found and she’s safe," Erwin said. "And everybody’s happy."