Missing Fort Wayne woman found following Silver Alert

A Silver Alert was issued for Willie Mae Morris Thursday.
A Silver Alert was issued for Willie Mae Morris Thursday.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police have found a 66-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease after issuing Silver Alert around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Family members noticed that 66-year-old Willie Mae Morris was missing from her Abbott Street home around 9:35 a.m. on Thursday and notified police. Police issued a silver alert for Willie Mae Morris around 11:30 a.m. and asked anyone who saw her to call 911.

Willie Mae Morris and her daughter embrace after a Morris was missing for several hours on Thursday September 4.
Willie Mae Morris and her daughter embrace after a Morris was missing for several hours on Thursday September 4.

Just before 12:30 p.m., police canceled the Silver Alert and said Morris had been found unharmed in the 200 block of E. Rudisill at a McDonald’s.

“A gentleman who worked in the immediate area had noticed her earlier as he was on his way to work,” Fort Wayne Police spokesperson Michael Joyner told NewsChannel 15. “He saw the media report, the Silver Alert, and her picture, and wondered, what’s the likelihood that she’ll still be there. He took it upon himself to leave work, and go back to the McDonald’s. She was in fact still there. He called 911 and we were able to get her back to the family.”

Joyner added that his department is encouraging anyone with relatives who suffer from some type of memory impairment to sign up for a free program through the Allen County Triad and Aging and In-Home Services.

Click here to learn more about the program.

“The information contained in this form is given to 911 communications,” said Joyner. “It would contain a photograph of the individual, a physical description, and where they belong. It helps prompt the whole investigating process.”

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