MIO, Mich. — The frightening disappearance of an elderly Kansas couple came to a happy ending Wednesday morning in Michigan.
Police told FOX 4 that Vernon and Goldie Hunt of Garnett, Kan. were located Wednesday morning at about 10:00 a.m. They were in Mio, Michigan, reportedly asking people for directions to get back to Kansas.
The couple left Garnett on Monday, June 17, around 6 a.m. and were headed for Dwight, Ill., to visit Goldie’s twin sister. Goldie, 81, was driving. Vernon is 91-years old.
The trip is about an eight-hour drive taking I-70 to St. Louis and I-55 to Dwight. The couple has a cell phone but attempts to call them on it had been unsuccessful.
The couple is now safe in a hotel in Mio. We spoke on the phone with their son, Jay Selanders late Wednesday morning after we learned the good news.. He said he expects his parents will go to Dwight to visit his aunt, as planned, since it’s much closer to Mio than Garnett.
“I don’t know all the details but I do know they got lost, got turned around, overshot and kept going north,” he told us on the phone.
On Wednesday Jay, who is a pilot, planned to fly their route to look for them while his wife was going to drive it.
He asked others to be looking, too. “And give your mom and dad a big hug,” he told FOX 4 early Wednesday morning before his flight.
The couple did not meet the criteria for a Silver Alert, but authorities had been searching with the family and were put on a national list that law enforcement uses when they are looking for people. Police say they were spotted by law enforcement asking for directions.
“A lot of relief,” he told us late Wednesday morning after he learned they were safe. “I really want to thank the police department in Garnett, the police department in Dwight.”
He also thanked FOX 4′s John Holt and Kathy Quinn, who persisted in gathering new information about the Hunts. Kathy Quinn went out to talk to Jay before dawn when he was preparing to take flight for the search.
“You guys were the very first ones to pick that up and run with it, and as soon as you had it, word got out and i think that was a major factor in having some success,” he said.