83-year-old Monroe Co. woman with dementia found safe

83-year-old Monroe Co. woman with dementia found safe

MONROE, MI (WTOL) - An 83-year-old woman with dementia who has been missing since Thursday evening was found safe Friday evening.

Officials say Mary Blanch Fletcher went for a walk in the North Shores subdivision near the shores of Lake Erie in Lasalle Township around 6 p.m.

She was at found safe at a marina near where she went missing. Her daughter says she found sitting in shallow water.

"Very elated, excited, happy and relieved," said Fletcher's daughter Kathie Kettinger. "All I could do is give thanks to God."

Watch: Family finds out Fletcher found safe live on Facebook

At around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night, Fletcher's boyfriend of about 30 years, Herm Weller, first reported her missing. After the call, crews searched for Fletcher until 2 a.m. and resumed again at dawn.

Weller says her dementia has worsened over the last year.

Deputies used every available asset to search for Fletcher.

"The police dogs came in, a helicopter came and I forget how many policemen came looking for her, I think the gentleman told me 13," said Kettinger. "No results. We've been looking all this morning no results."

Kettinger says the family went to pick her up at the marina where she was found.

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