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Pasco couple last seen in St. Pete found safe in Jacksonville

A Pasco County couple who went missing while driving to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on Friday to pick up their son were found safe Saturday night in Jacksonville.

Marvin and Joan Stump left their Zephyrhills home about 8 p.m. Friday to drive to the airport in Clearwater, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. But they never arrived, nor did they return home.

At 11:30 p.m. Friday, St. Petersburg police spotted the couple's silver Lincoln Town Car in the area of Fifth Avenue N and Beach Drive, authorities said. Officers stopped the car and talked with the couple, who asked for directions to the airport. Afterward, the car headed south.

Authorities issued a Silver Alert for Marvin, 89, and Joan, 88, Saturday after their family members filed a missing person's report.

The statewide alert caught the attention of authorities in Jacksonville, who responded after the couple's car was involved in a minor traffic accident, officials said. They appeared lost, authorities said, and apparently drove all night before ending up in Jacksonville.

They were taken to a Jacksonville hospital for observation, officials said. Their son, who flew into St. Petersburg from Indiana, was planning to travel to Jacksonville to pick up his parents Saturday night.