LARGO — An 82-year-old woman reported missing Sunday morning was found safe nine hours later, but several counties away from where she was last seen.
Ernestine Irwin was visiting a family member at St. Anthony's Hospital that morning, authorities said. She left the hospital for her Largo home about 11:30 a.m.
Irwin, who suffers from dementia, was last seen driving her red Buick Lucerne in the 1200 block of Seventh Avenue N. Authorities issued a Silver Alert, a statewide plan designed to help law enforcement find missing seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia.
A motorist traveling on Interstate 75 in Alachua County saw the alert on a highway electronic marquee and noticed a red Buick Lucerne ahead of her, said Largo police Sgt. Andy Hill.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded and pulled Irwin over, he said.
Irwin was unharmed.
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