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UPDATE: Lanier Co. SO confirms missing couple from Columbus found safe late Thursday

(Source: Columbus Police Dept.) (Source: Columbus Police Dept.)
(Source: Columbus Police Dept.) (Source: Columbus Police Dept.)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A missing elderly couple who was reported missing by the Columbus Police Department was located safely late Thursday.

According to Lanier County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Larry Singletary, Robert and Mae Bell, both 86, were found safe and unharmed around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.

"Lanier County Deputies turned the couple over to the Lakeland Police Department to await the arrival of their daughter from Columbus," Singletary said via email.

The Lakeland Chief of Police confirmed that they were released to the custody of their daughter and have returned to Columbus. 

Singletary says sheriff's deputies spotted the red PT Cruiser the couple was traveling in, stopped it and confirmed their identities.

"The couple was happy and in no distress and followed the City Police officers to their station to await the relatives arrival," Singletary said.

Lanier County is 177 miles southeast of Columbus. 

The elderly couple was the subject to a missing person's report late Thursday by the Columbus Police Department.

CPD said Robert has been diagnosed with dementia, and Mae is a stroke victim who needs a wheelchair to maneuver around. 

CPD initially said the couple had been found Thursday night shortly after sending out the press release; however, shortly afterward they amended their previous statement to say the couple is still missing. 

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