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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Police Searching for Missing Couple in Fort Thomas Area

UPDATE, 1:49 a.m.:
An elderly couple got lost while driving in Northern Kentucky on Wednesday night, and a deputy found them dozens of miles from the main search area.

The couple left the Bellevue Kroger at about 6 p.m. and called for help at about 8:30 p.m., according to Lt. Rich Whitford with the Fort Thomas Police Department.

Based on pings to their cell phone, they were believed to be near Wilder or Fort Thomas, in Campbell County.

Whitford said the cell phone was cutting in and out, but the couple was able to tell police they were near a body of water.

At about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, a Boone County deputy found them in Petersburg, Kentucky -- two counties and nearly 30 miles from Wilder.

Only one of the pings indicated the couple might be in Boone County, but law enforcement officials there searched anyway.

The couple, meantime, thought they were somewhere near Route 9 in Campbell County, Whitford said.

A helicopter from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office was called in to help with the search.

UPDATE, 11:41 p.m. via WCPO:
Police are now searching Wilder as well as Fort Thomas. The driver, who suffers dementia, got lost.

Wilder police have been talking with the couple via cell phone but so far haven't figured out where they are.

The search area is around the Aspen Pines Apartments in Wilder.Police are looking for a missing man and woman from Fort Thomas area, near Southgate.

Original story:

According to police, the 80-year-olds called dispatch saying they were having car troubles and unsure of their exact whereabouts

They are driving a 2003 black Infinity. Police dispatch said they did not know if the couple was in any danger or if they were a danger to themselves.

Police said the couple was last seen around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Fort Thomas police do not have their names. A search on the ground and by helicopter is underway.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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