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Missing elderly Kansas couple found safe, 400 miles from destination

A missing elderly Kansas couple who set out on an eight-hour trip from Kansas to Illinois to visit family on Monday afternoon was found Wednesday afternoon in Mio, Mich., – about 400 miles from their original destination.

“They took a wrong turn,” Garnett Police Chief Kevin Pekarek said.

Vernon Hunt, 92, and his wife Goldie, 81, of Garnett, Kan. were reported missing by their son Jay Selanders Monday afternoon. The couple left their house early Monday morning to visit Goldie’s twin sister in Dwight, Ill., but they never arrived.

Pekarek said law enforcement agencies across three states – Kansas, Missouri and Illinois – are looking for the couple, NBC affiliate KSHB reported. A Silver Alert, which notifies the public of missing elderly individuals with mental disabilities, was not issued because they do not fit the criteria.

Pekarek said a few people reported seeing the couple’s car, a black 2005 Chrysler 300 with a Kansas license plate 473 FNM, in parts of Missouri and Kansas on Tuesday.

After police notified Selanders that his parents were found in Michigan, he and his wife went to go pick them up. 

As for the trip to see Goldie’s sister, Pekarek said, “they probably won’t be going by themselves anymore.”