Woman suffering from dementia, anxiety found safe after wandering from facility

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said a woman suffering from dementia was found safe Saturday morning.

The sheriff’s office said Elsie Hoy, 75, was missing from the Brooksdale Senior Living facility located on Cypress Gardens Boulevard.

She was found at 11:15 a.m. and said to be doing well.

Hoy was transported to a local hospital to be checked out.

Hoy wandered from the center on foot.

She is described as “very mobile on foot and avoids strangers due to her anxiety.”

She suffers from dementia, anxiety, and is in need of medication.

She is believed to have left the facility around 7:47 p.m. on Friday when EMS responded to assist another resident.

A search of the building was conducted by staff and deputies.  Surrounding neighborhoods have been searched.

A bloodhound team and a PSCO helicopter responded to the scene and could not located Hoy.

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