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JeffCo deputy issues statement on Project Lifesaver after 82-year-old woman with Alzheimer's found dead

Nora Hughes. (Source: Family/Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office) Nora Hughes. (Source: Family/Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office)
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Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies say that volunteer searchers and their K9 team have found the body of missing woman Nora Wilson Hughes, 82, whose family says she suffers from Alzheimer's.

Chief Deputy Rand Christian says Hughes was found in a creek about a quarter of a mile from where she was last seen. He said no foul play is suspected and the coroner's office will help with the death investigation.

"This wasn’t the ending we were hoping for and our hearts and prayers are with the family. This is going to be a difficult time for them," Christian said.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a Missing Senior Alert for Wilson on Wednesday afternoon. Hughes was last seen around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at her home on Smith Mill Road near Trafford.

Deputies searched the area around the home on Tuesday and Wednesday with K9 tracking teams and a helicopter equipped with an infrared device that detects heat signatures, Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

Christian issued this statement showing support for families of those with Alzheimer's and urging them to consider enrolling in Project Lifesaver:

"Alzheimer's is such a difficult thing to deal with for the patient and especially for the caregivers. For people dealing with it that have followed this story and are unaware of Project Lifesaver we urge them to contact Alzheimer's of Central Alabama not only about support and resources but particularly about Project Lifesaver. A very high percentage of those battling this disease are prone to wander off. The Project Lifesaver bracelets are a tremendous tool that can assist the Sheriff's Office in locating a patient. We have had great success with it over the years. Currently we have 58 of our citizens in the program with four more scheduled to be added in the next few days. In closing we would like to thank the agencies and volunteers that participated in searching for Mrs. Hughes. We were all praying for a miracle.”

If you are outside of Jefferson County, please contact your local sheriff's office for more information on Project Lifesaver.

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