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71-year-old woman missing from Kansas City found at Lawrence IHOP

June 3, 2009, 12:19 p.m. Updated June 3, 2009, 5:32 p.m.

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Cora Pfannenstiel, 71, went missing from Kansas City on Monday was located at a Lawrence restaurant early Wednesday morning.

Cora Pfannenstiel, 71, went missing from Kansas City on Monday was located at a Lawrence restaurant early Wednesday morning.

A 71-year-old woman who went missing from Kansas City on Monday was found at a Lawrence restaurant late Tuesday night, police said.

The woman, Cora Pfannenstiel, was possibly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, police said. Lawrence police officers found the woman about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, at the Lawrence IHOP, 3102 Iowa.

“The manager at IHOP called regarding an elderly woman who seemed disoriented,” said Kim Murphree, Lawrence police spokeswoman. “Officers … located the woman outside the building and contacted her son, who came from Kansas City to pick her up.”

The woman’s family told police she was last seen in Kansas City about 2 p.m. Monday, driving to a Kansas City bank.

“She was returned to her family in good health,” Kansas City Police Chief James Corwin said in a post on his Internet blog.

Comments

jehovah_bob 5 years, 10 months ago

I'll bet she just wanted to visit the 27th healthiest county in the state.

cthulhu_4_president 5 years, 10 months ago

Glad she is safe. Too often, these situations do not resolve happily.

oxandale 5 years, 10 months ago

Maybe i missed it but how did she get all the way to lawrence? Drive? Bus? have someone take her??

unelectable 5 years, 10 months ago

Why is this news? Why is this less than stellar day for this family a matter for us all to look over? The police were called so it became public record? LJW, really? that's all it takes? I hope if i start to do things like this when i get older the local paper doesn't post my name and picture to make a difficult private matter a public story.

mdfraz 5 years, 10 months ago

Or, unelectable, maybe it was the fact that it was news on the KC stations that an elderly woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's was missing. Perhaps letting people know she was found is newsworthy?

bangaranggerg 5 years, 10 months ago

Seriously she's in her seventies, so why wasn't their first thought to just check all area IHOP restaurants. Could have saved them a lot of grief if they just understood that demographic.

dandelion 5 years, 10 months ago

I think the employees of IHOP should be praised for getting involved. Some people would have just written her off and she would have wandered off again. Thanks for caring and getting involved. I hope you got some thanks.

unelectable 5 years, 10 months ago

mdfraz - that's a totally valid point i had not considered.

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