East Windsor police assist woman found wandering miles from home – Hartford Courant

An East Windsor police sergeant who saw a disoriented woman walking on the side of the road at 2:30 a.m. Sunday was able to help return the woman to her home, police said.

Police said the sergeant observed the woman on the side of North Road in the area of Kement Construction.

The sergeant spoke with the woman, who “was disoriented and confused,” but knew her name, police said in a statement posted on Facebook. Police did not identify the woman.

Officers were able to search the woman’s name in an information sharing network and located an address in Enfield, almost 4 miles away, police said. When the Enfield Police Department responded to the address, they confirmed with the woman’s husband that she suffers from dementia and that she had wandered off in the middle of the night, East Windsor police said.

“We are no strangers to these stressful and sensitive situations as we are often called by a loved one who is frantically searching for a family member suffering from memory loss,” East Windsor police said in the statement.

“We can also understand how stressful it must be for the person being slowly robbed of life memories and basic information such as where they live and where they are heading.  We are trained to deal with these situations with compassion and empathy and we commend officers last night for using their training and also for preventing a tragic situation.”

“If you have an elderly family member that is at risk of being lost, a necklace or bracelet with basic information is a great resource for law enforcement or Good Samaritans who may come into contact with them,” police said in the statement.

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