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Missing St. Charles Woman Found in Michigan

The woman is OK and will be taken back to Illinois, police said.

An 89-year-old St. Charles woman that was reported missing Sunday morning was found in another state, according to media reports.

Sara F. Mignin was in East Lansing, Mich. Monday afternoon asking for directions inside a Panda Express, the Daily Herald reports.

Arrangements are being made to get Mignin back to Illinois, police spokesman Paul McCurtain told the Kane County Chronicle.

Police began a missing adult investigation after Mignin was reported late for a visit with her daughter on Sunday morning.

Authorities said she had no pressing health or cognitive issues. She recently seemed to have some forgetfulness. A couple at the East Lansing Panda Express heard her talking and she appeared to be confused, the Daily Herald's story said.

Police were dispatched at 9:15 a.m. Sunday to conduct a well-being check at Mignin's home in the 3200 block of Renard Lane, according to a press release issued Monday morning. Police said Mignin had contacted her daughter in St. Charles to say she was on her way over. Police were called after she failed to arrive after more than an hour.

Police who arrived at Mignin’s home found it secure. The officers got permission to search inside the home but could not find Mignin, and they found no visible signs of foul play. Her car, a 2004 white Honda Accord, was not in the garage.

Neighbors were unable to provide any other information to police and had not seen Mignin, so police aired a local broadcast via TriCom about Mignin and her vehicle to the Tri-City area, Kane County and Illinois State Police District Two.

Officers also checked open businesses and restaurants without finding her, the release states. Checks conducted at local hospitals determined that Mignin wasn’t being treated for an illness or injury.

Police also checked with the LEADS System and determined that no other police department had checked on her license plate. Police then entered Mignin into the LEADS/NCIC system as a missing endangered adult.

According to the Monday morning release, police determined that Mignin’s credit card was used to purchase gasoline at a gas station in Walworth, Wis., at 12:16 p.m. Sunday. The gas station reviewed its security tapes — it was Mignin who pumped the gas. Then she made a purchase at 10:30 a.m. Monday, in Woodland, Mich., the Chronicle's story said.

St. Charles police investigators worked with law enforcement agencies in surrounding states to find Mignin.

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