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Missing Woman Found Safe

Missing Woman Found Safe

Posted - Dec. 21, 2004 at 12:11 p.m.



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Amanda Butterfield reporting The family of a 79-year old woman who went missing in Kearns now knows why she disappeared.

There was talk the woman suffered from dementia, but according to her husband, doctors say it was a kidney infection that caused Margaret Woodruff to become disoriented.

Margaret Woodruff disappeared around 10:30 yesterday morning. Family members say she'd gone to the store to buy groceries and never came back. They say that kind of behavior is unusual for Margaret, so her husband called police around two o'clock.

Pat Lane, Daughter: "She definitely doesn't like to drive. When she drives, she goes down to the store and right back and won't drive at night. So that's our concerns."

Sgt. Kendra Herlin, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: "It's really sad and it just tugs at your heartstrings. This family is looking for their grandma, their mom, and wife."

Two brothers found Woodruff in Saratoga Springs last night, and escorted her back to Salt Lake County.

Margaret spent the night at the hospital. That's where doctors discovered her kidney infection.

According to specialists at the University of Utah Medical Center, it's not unheard of for elderly people with any kind of a severe infection to become delirious. And in most cases, kidney infections are treatable.

This afternoon Margaret is back in her own bed, but has more doctor’s appointments scheduled to check-up on the infection.

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