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Saturday 16 December 2017

Missing Alzheimer's mum (67) found alive and well

Pauline Lynch was last seen this afternoon.
Pauline Lynch was last seen this afternoon.

Mark O'Regan and Caitlin McBride

A Dublin woman suffering from Alzheimer's has been located safe, after going missing yesterday afternoon.

Pauline Lynch (67) from Dalkey in south Dublin was wearing a lime green coat and grey trousers when she was last seen leaving her home yesterday afternoon.

Her family issued an urgent appeal for information on anyone who may have seen her and expressed additional concern as she suffersfrom Alzheimer's.

Liz D'Arcy, Pauline's daughter, said her mother was found in the early hours of this morning in Balbriggan.

"My mum Pauline Lynch has been found safe & well. Thank you to everyone who helped with the search friends & strangers & the Gardai," Liz wrote on Twitter.

Liz had a GPS installed in her handbag to help should an emergency such as this ever arise.

Pauline Lynch: Missing

"She left the house today at 3.50pm and she wouldn't normally be motivated to go out so that in itself was a concern," she told the Irish Independent yesterday.

"But her mobile is also off at the moment. She has a GPS tracker which I put in the lining of her handbag but it seems it's been knocked off."

She said the system was tested and working well last weekend.

"It has a SIM card in it and we can normally ring the GPS tracker and it tells us where she is on Google Maps.

"She's very fit and walks very fast and looks like she's walking with a purpose. She could chat with someone and appear very together, but she's not, so it's deceptive."

Pauline is described as 5ft 1in tall, of slight build with grey shoulder length hair. Anyone with information should contact gardai on 01 666 5000.

Irish Independent

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