TOPANGA CANYON—An 83-year-old woman who was reported missing to authorities on Monday, November 27 was found later that day.
Lisa Hamilton-Wear, who suffers from dementia, left her home early Monday morning to go on a hike. When she failed to return later that day, her family contacted authorities.
Representatives from the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department and the Malibu Search and Rescue organization began an hours-long search. The LASD put out an electronic bulletin at around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
In a statement released by the LASD, Reserve Deputy David Katz said that the search team included a total of 50 people who actively searched the Topanga Canyon area and neighboring communities. Search dogs and helicopters were also utilized.
Hamilton-Wear was found at a Woodland Hills Restaurant 13 miles away in “disheveled, but fair condition,” the LASD told CBS LA.
Hamilton-Wear hitchhiked to Panini Café on Victory Boulevard where the restaurant’s on-duty manager noticed her bedraggled appearance and contacted the police.
Acknowledging that the experience overall was a scary one, Hamilton-Wear told CBS LA, “I’ve decided I’m not going to do that again.”