TACOMA, WA — A Pink Elephant Carwash employee is getting praise for helping to spot and recover a missing elderly couple who wandered off last week, KTVB reported.
The Nov. 28 story said Susan McConnell had heard that the man and woman, who both suffer from dementia, had gone missing from their family care facility.
On Thursday morning, the couple showed up at the carwash.
“The woman came in and asked to use the bathroom,” McConnell said in the story. McConnell, who's father suffers from dementia, recognized the telltale signs and invited the couple to hang out and offered them hot chocolate. She then called 911.
"The 911 officer said, 'That's our couple.' And I mean I started shaking," McConnell said in the story. "I had goose bumps, oh yeah, it was wonderful. …When the family showed up, the daughter came up and she thanked me and she was crying and said they had had the worst 12 hours."
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