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Elderly woman who was reported being lost in O.C. is found safe in Tijuana

September 29, 2010 |  2:20 pm

An elderly woman reported being missing lost in Newport Beach on Monday evening has been found safe in Tijuana, police said Tuesday.

Police and relatives of Irvine resident Rosalie Delite Smith, 84, said the woman is suffering from the onset of dementia. Smith first reported being lost in Newport Beach while driving  home from a doctor's appointment.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Irvine detectives got word from Smith's daughter that she had gone to a medical facility just across the border and was disoriented and confused, but otherwise fine.

Smith was reported missing late Monday. She called her sister about 6:30 p.m. that day to say she was lost but on her way home. Nearly two hours later, an employee at a Gold's Gym in Fullerton called Smith's family and said she had just been there and was given directions on how to get home.

Smith had her cellphone on her but the battery was dying, police said. That was the last anyone heard from Smith.

She has been diagnosed with onset dementia and diabetes. She had been traveling with her small white poodle named Bree, who also made the trip with her across the border. Police said there are no suspicious circumstances around the case, but will continue to assist the family.

-- Joseph Serna, Times Community News