Missing elderly couple from Kansas found in Michigan

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GARNETT, Kan. -- 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, and the family expects they will fly up to get them.

On Wednesday their son, 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.

"We certainly hope that we find them. Certainly we would like to ask everyone to vigilant if they see anything to call the authorities," said Jay Selanders. "And give your mom and dad a big hug."

The couple did not meet the criteria for a Silver Alert, but authorities have 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.

"They're actually in really good health, slightly frail is all but other than that they're in great shape... don't have any health issues to speak of and they were looking forward to the trip," said Selanders.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call police and contact Jay Selanders, the couple's son, at 816.896.0703.


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