The e-mail alert shouted its message: "Missing Person with Alzheimer's. PLEASE HELP." It was sent to Alzheimer's Assn. chapters and to law enforcement officials within hours after an Orange County woman disappeared while on a short trip to visit a friend.
The woman had set out in her car, made a wrong turn and became confused, says her family, who asked that her name not be used to protect her privacy.
During the next two days, she zigzagged her way across two states, making one wrong turn after another, putting ever more miles between herself and her home as she headed east.
"She had a cellphone, but it wasn't turned on," says her daughter, Susan....