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BCSO: Missing 81-year-old woman with dementia found safe

Shirley Townsend, 81, lives with dementia. She wandered away from her home Saturday morning.
Credit: Blount County Sheriff's Office

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Officials said that Shirley Townsend, an 81-year-old woman with dementia, was found safe Saturday afternoon.

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Blount County Sheriff James Berrong is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 81-year-old, Shirley Townsend. 

Townsend walked away from her residence at 1218 La Blancos Road in Maryville around 11 a.m. Saturday.

Townsend lives with dementia. She is wearing a long sleeve white shirt with butterflies, turquoise pants, and black shoes. 

This photo was taken on Friday. 

Credit: Blount County Sheriff's Office1

The Sheriff’s Office is searching with deputies and K9s in the area of Tuckaleechee Pike, Tuckaleechee Trail, and the Grandview area. 

If anyone has any contact with Townsend, please call 911 immediately.