SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A missing Shawnee Township woman was found safe in Indiana on Tuesday afternoon after leaving her home Sunday in her 2010 Mercury Milan, prompting a Silver Alert.
According to Don Marik, a detective with the Shawnee Township Police Department, Janet Taflinger, 77, was found in Hamilton County, Indiana.
“When a person comes up missing like this, the protocol if it seems like a valid situation where somebody may be having health issues, mental issues, suicidal issues, which I’m not sure any of these apply, but apparently she had an onset of forgetfulness, that type of thing,” Marik said. “We figured she drove away and just didn’t know where she was going.”
The Ohio State Highway Patrol had its plane up searching for her in Hardin County on Monday but didn’t find her.
The break in her disappearance came about 2:20 p.m.Tuesday.
“She was lost, and she approached an off-duty police officer who must have been in uniform,” Marik said. “He must have noticed something was wrong and then checked that database, and sure enough, she was reported missing.”
“She’s fine. She’s just suffering from some memory loss, and really other than that, nothing was ever suspicious. … With one of these situations, they’re mobile, and she didn’t have a communication device. We just couldn’t track her, and she got lost and found a policeman, and he did his job.”
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