Missing Woman Found Safe

A happy ending to the search for a missing Alzheimer's patient in Tyler. Alberta Jenkins is home, safe with her family.

Late Monday afternoon Jenkins, who walks with her cane, left her home on the 200 block of South Thompson Avenue. Her family reported her missing to police. Two hours later, she was spotted more than a mile away, on Beckham Avenue.

A good samaritan found her near a Kidd Jones gas station.The woman picked her up and took her to the home of a family friend. Alberta and her daughter were reunited Monday night at around 8:30. Her daughter said her safe homecoming ended hours of worry.

"My heart stopped beating," said Jennie Harris, Alberta's daughter. "It's hard to describe. You're in a panic stage and when I panicked. Everybody in the neighborhood panicked."

"This is the only mama I got," Jennie said. "We try to keep her here. It's not easy she has a mind of her own she gets to wandering around I just don't want anything to happen to her it's too dangerous now-a-days."

Jenkins was missing for almost four hours. Her daughter said this was not the first time her mother had wandered from home.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com