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South Charlotte woman who has Alzheimer’s disease found 4 miles from home.

A 72-year-old south Charlotte woman who has Alzheimer’s disease was found about four miles from her home early Friday.

Carolyn Matthews was last seen around 7:45 p.m. Thursday at her home on Gruenewald Lane in the Park Road/Sharon Road West area.

At 1:20 a.m., police said Matthews was found in apparently good health on Arrowbridge Boulevard. She was taken to Carolinas HealthCare System-Pineville to be checked as a precaution.

Police also were concerned late Thursday because of the cold weather. The temperature plummeted to 38 degrees shortly before midnight and was expected to fall even further, according to the National Weather Service.

A couple of dozen firefighters and police combed the area. A police helicopter earlier searched for Matthews.

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Police pleaded for help late Thursday in finding 72-year-old Carolyn Matthews. She has Alzheimer’s disease and hasn’t been seen since walking from her south Charlotte home earlier in the evening. Matthews was last seen around 7:45 p.m. at her home on Gruenewald Lane in the Park Road/Sharon Road West area. She could be disoriented, police said. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Matthews walked from her home without her phone and purse.

Police urged anyone who saw her to call 911 immediately.

Police have not said how Matthews was found.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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