El­derly woman last seen in N.Va. found safe in W.Va.

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEBERING - BY BRYAN DeVASHER bdevasher@times­dis­patch.com (804) 649-6741 Twit­ter: @bryan­devasher

An 80-year-old Penn­syl­va­nia woman with de­men­tia who was re­ported miss­ing in North­ern Vir­ginia has been found safe in West Vir­ginia, po­lice said Thurs­day.

Cather­ine B. Hem­lepp, who was last seen Tues­day in Fair­fax County, was found about 9:45 a.m. Thurs­day at a Best Western mo­tel in Bridge­port, W.Va., Winch­ester po­lice said.

Hem­lepp and her hus­band, who were driv­ing from Penn­syl­va­nia to South Carolina in two ve­hi­cles, be­came sep­a­rated about 12:30 p.m. Tues­day in Fair­fax County.

Early Wed­nes­day, Hem­lepp phoned her hus­band and told him that she was stay­ing at the Shenan­doah Mo­tel in Winch­ester. How­ever, there is no mo­tel by that name in Winch­ester or Fred­er­ick County, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers searched Winch­ester-area ho­tels but did not find Hem­lepp, po­lice said.

She was dis­cov­ered in West Vir­ginia af­ter she made a pur­chase with a credit card, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers were trav­el­ing to West Vir­ginia to bring her to Winch­ester to be re­united with her hus­band, po­lice said.

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