By Patrick Yost
The son of a 79-year-old woman who suffered a dementia-related event is praising the work of Morgan County Dispatch, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Morgan County Fire and Rescue after they were able to track the woman who had driven into a back yard on Sugar Creek Trail and become stuck.
The woman was extracted from her Ford Explorer by emergency workers at approximately 8:50 a.m. after she initially called her son in Coweta County at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 to tell him she was driving to Madison from her Fractions Bottom Road residence to get a biscuit.
The son called Morgan County Dispatch at 4:51 a.m. after his mother called him to tell him she had left the house, had gone to McDonald’s and left there when she realized it was closed. The woman told the son that she thought she was in someone’s yard near Hill Park in Madison and that there were people surrounding her car but they would not speak to her, the son said.
“She called and asked me to come get them,” the son said. The woman believed her deceased husband was also in the vehicle with her, he said.
“Please tell me you’re at your house and you’re dreaming this,” the son said he asked his mother.
Morgan County Dispatch alerted both Greene and Putnam counties to be on the lookout for the vehicle. According to Mary Oakley, supervisor, Morgan County Dispatch, communications workers were able to track the woman’s cell phone after she called, at her son’s urging, 911.
The woman told the son she was in the yard of a house that “had a dome on top.” A Morgan County Fire and Rescue worker was familiar with the Sugar Creek Trail area and knew where the house was located because of the unique architectural design. When emergency workers arrived the woman was still in the vehicle. She was released unharmed. A tow truck pulled the vehicle out of the quagmire and the son was able to drive the vehicle home.
There was no one home at the Sugar Creek Trail residence.
The woman’s son said he comes to Morgan County to stay with his mother every week from Coweta County. Following the episode he and his mother went to see a doctor and the doctor told the woman that she had early signs of dementia. “She has never done this before,” the son says.
“I called the sheriff’s office and told them how much I appreciated this,” he said.