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Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 10:00 pm

An 80-year-old Lodi woman left an adult daycare Tuesday and walked three miles before a citizen found her.

The woman, who suffers from Alzheimer's, needed some water but was otherwise not harmed, said Lodi Police Officer Larry Fluty, one of many police employees who spent an hour-and-a-half searching for the woman.

The woman was attending an adult daycare program at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., when she walked away. Employees began looking for her and called police at 2:09 p.m.

Officers and volunteer police Partners began canvassing the area and looking in local businesses.

The search grew until 3:34 p.m., when a citizen found the woman on Victor Road at Tecklenburg Road, east of Highway 99. The woman was apparently trying to reach her home on Bruella Road, Fluty said.

She had walked three miles in the blazing sun, with temperatures about 82 degrees, according to Accuweather.com. Fortunately the weather had cooled from the triple-digit heat just two days earlier.

The woman was found by the daughter of another woman attending the senior program, Fluty. That citizen knew about the circumstances and called authorities when she spotted the elderly woman on Victor Road.

News-Sentinel city editor now overseeing business coverage

Andrew Adams, News-Sentinel city editor, now coordinates local business news as part his duties.

As city editor, Adams assigns and edits local news stories. He is now taking over coordination of business coverage as well, which includes wine, agriculture, retail and real estate. He will be writing some business-related stories in addition to editing. The News-Sentinel's previous business editor, Marc Lutz, has accepted a job with a business publication in Fresno.

Those wishing to discuss business or related coverage may contact Adams at 369-0735 or through e-mail at andrewa@lodinews.com.

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