A group of “junior detectives” in Roseville, California, helped police locate a missing 97-year-old woman who walked away from a care facility, police said.
The Roseville Police Department asked for the public’s help in locating Glenneta Belford on Sept. 30, 2019. Police said Belford has dementia and is mostly nonverbal.
Logan Hultman, Kashton Claiborne, and Makenna Rogers, all 10, and Hope Claiborne, 11, heard the call and immediately sprang into action.
“My friends Hope and Makenna were playing and they heard a helicopter saying a 97-year-old lady was missing,” Logan said. “So, they came to grab me and my friend Kashton and told us about the missing lady. We all grabbed our bikes and started searching.”
The children rode around their neighborhood, on sidewalks, streets, and nearby trails. The team also searched a park near a local middle school and even climbed to the top of a hill to get a better view, CNN reported.
Although during the search, Logan took a fall from his bike, this team of friends didn’t give up hope, they returned to Logan’s home to apply bandages and eat dinner before resuming their mission.
“Even after Logan took a fall down a hill, the kids went back … out and were very determined,” Logan’s mother, Alyssa Hultman, said.
The children then set off again and searched near their neighborhood. Nearly two and a half hours after Belford was reported missing, they spotted her.
“She was talking to herself and kept saying ‘Go away, go away, I’m talking to my friend,’ but nobody was there,” Logan said.
The team of junior detectives called the police, telling dispatchers where they found the woman and waited with her until they arrived.
Logan said his team of friends were excited and happy to have found the elderly woman safe.
Hultman said she was “really proud” of all the children for taking it upon themselves to help, USA TODAY reported.
The woman was taken back home and reunited with her family, police said.