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UPDATE: Missing elderly Granite Shoals woman found safe

UPDATE: Granite Shoals officials announced that Elaine Banta has been found in Granite Shoals and that she is safe. More information is pending.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding 68-year-old Elaine Banta, who suffers from dementia. She wandered off her family property in the 2900 block of Valley East Lane. If she is found, call 9-1-1. Courtesy photo

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding 68-year-old Elaine Banta, who suffers from dementia. She wandered off her family property in the 2900 block of Valley East Lane. If she is found, call 9-1-1. Courtesy photo

GRANITE SHOALS — The search continues for a 68-year-old Granite Shoals woman suffering from dementia who wandered off her family’s property on Jan. 23.

Elaine Banta was reported last seen at 4:30 p.m. that day from a residence in the 2900 block of Valley East Lane in Granite Shoals.

“We have witnesses that correlated the timeline with her walking north on Valley East Lane towards Valley View,” Granite Shoals Police Sgt. Chris Decker said. “She had just recently been diagnosed with dementia.

“She has a history of hypertension and has not taken her medication,” he added.

On Jan. 22, Banta had returned from Georgetown Behavioral Hospital, where she received her most recent mental health diagnosis.

She is 5 feet 4 inches and weights 120-125 pounds with reddish-brown-gray hair and blue eyes.

She was wearing an “Indian jacket” colored with red, blue, and green, a blue shirt with a wolf and eagle on it, black pants, and gray shoes and carrying a black bag containing a pink wallet.

According to the report, the missing woman left her cell phone at the residence.

Authorities searched for several hours without success following the family’s initial missing persons report.

A statewide Silver Alert has also been issued. No foul play is suspected.

“If you see her, call 9-1-1,” Decker said. “If you have information that may be valuable (in locating her) then call the non-emergency number.”

The agency’s non-emergency number is (830) 598-4810.

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