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Missing 81-year-old woman is found

December 18, 2010 |  3:43 pm

Enolia Mims, an 81-year-old woman who went missing Thursday after cleaning house in the San Fernando Valley, has been found, according to her daughter.

Shari Mims said her mother was found late Friday night in Barstow, where her car ran out of gasoline. A tow truck driver drove her to a Motel 6.

"The tow truck driver asked her who he could call for her, and that's when we got the phone call," Shari Mims said. Officers with the Barstow Police Department picked up the woman and held her at the station until family members arrived to pick her up.

"Thank Jesus!" Shari Mims said in a phone interview. "It was an emotional roller coaster."

According to police, Enolia Mims had left her home in South Los Angeles about 8 a.m. to go to work in the San Fernando Valley. She had been seen last by her employer after she finished cleaning a house in the 20000 block of Elkwood Street in Canoga Park, police said.

The elderly woman was given wrong directions when she became lost, Shari Mims said.

"We found her and she's doing good," Shari Mims said. "We want to thank the city of Los Angeles because they swung into action."

-- Ruben Vives