The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department employed both the K-9 Unit and the Aviation Unit to help search for an elderly woman who went missing yesterday morning, Nov. 15, in Highland Township and was found just hours after being reported missing.
The woman, 81-year-old Highland Township resident Patricia Lee Zebda, had last been seen sleeping at a residence in the 700 block of Allen Road near Grandview by her daughter at around 3:30 a.m. before the daughter left for work.
When a caregiver arrived at the residence around noon, Zebda, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, was nowhere to be found.
She was found by two passersby on Milford Road yesterday afternoon. They had heard someone moaning and saying “Help me” from a large ditch in front of the Highland Greens Estates mobile home park and found Zebda lying face-down on the edge of the ditch.
The two people brought her to safety and provided her with a blanket to warm up while calling 911, according to Sheriff’s Department officials.
Zebda was treated at the scene by the Highland Township Fire Department personnel and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.