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Alexander County woman found, is safe

TAYLORSVILLE -- An 82-year-old Alexander County woman who was reported missing Monday afternoon was found late Monday night in Watauga County and is safe, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office says Lucille Rufty was spotted by authorities near Boone. Family members met with her early Tuesday and brought her back home to the Taylorsville area, according to officials.

Rufty was reported missing after she failed to deliver tools to her husband . Family members told authorities that Rufty was suffering from early stages of Alzheimer’s.

The sheriff’s office said it received reports Monday afternoon that a car fitting the description of the vehicle Rufty was driving might have been spotted on northbound U.S. 321 in Caldwell County, headed toward Watauga County.

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