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Missing married couple with Alzheimer’s die in desert car crash

A married couple who were both suffering from Alzheimer’s disease died in a one-car crash in Desert Center on Tuesday, a day after they were reported missing, authorities said.

Jose Bracero, 73, and Consuelo Bracero, 75, were last seen leaving their home in Carson around 2:30 p.m. Monday and were reported missing a short time later, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The couple’s car, a 1999 Ford Escort driven by Jose Bracero, veered off Interstate 10 east of the Coachella Valley and overturned around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

Consuelo Bracero was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was transported by helicopter to JFK Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

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The cause of the crash remained under investigation, although it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor, accoding to the CHP. Neither victim was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

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