An elderly woman missing since Tuesday afternoon was found Wednesday evening in Commerce, north of Greenville.
Arla Sue Bailey, 71, was located after she was pulled over on a traffic violation at about 9:30 p.m. and the officer discovered she was listed as missing in TLETS.
Bailey had been last seen at about 1 p.m. Tuesday at her Ferris residence. She and a car were reported missing by her family members, who told sheriff’s deputies she may have a slight case of dementia and has had several instances of driving off and becoming lost.
“We actually began working with the Jacksonville Police Department after we learned an officer there had run a check on her license plate at approximately 5:25 p.m. (Tuesday), which was just hours after her disappearance,” sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Ketchum told the Daily Light. “At that time, Mrs. Bailey was not entered as missing, so contact was not made with her then. We then learned she had made her way north to Commerce, where she was stopped by the Commerce Police Department for a traffic violation. … The officer checked her identification, which indicated she was a missing person.”
Commerce police notified the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, which then notified her family.
Bailey and her vehicle were taken to the Commerce Police Department to await her family’s arrival last night.
“It was reported that Mrs. Bailey seemed disoriented as to her whereabouts at the time the officer made contact with her, but overall, she is in good condition and was not harmed,” Ketchum said.