An elderly couple reported missing and possibly endangered out of Redding, California were found safe Christmas morning in their vehicle on Interstate 5 near Woodburn about 400 miles and 12 hours from where they left the night before for what should have been a ten minute drive to a daughter’s house for Christmas dinner.
On Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) were contacted regarding a vehicle stalled in the far right northbound lane of Interstate 5 near milepost 271. OSP learned the couple in the 2002 Ford Taurus may need medical care. When OSP Sergeant Craig Ball arrived on scene, the car had been pushed onto the right shoulder and was not blocking a traffic lane. Woodburn police and fire personnel also responded to assist.
It was apparent the elderly couple was confused and officers determined their car ran out of gas. Further checking confirmed the 85-year old male and 83-year old female was reported missing by family members to Redding, California Police Department on December 24th at 7:00 p.m. A daughter told police her step-father picked up his wife from a local care facility for a short drive to her home for a 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve dinner and didn’t arrive.
The couple was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital for a medical evaluation. Family members drove to Oregon and picked them up Thursday morning.