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Missing elderly sisters found safe in Virginia Beach

Two elderly Scottsburg women who had been reported missing after they were last seen Thursday afternoon were found safe in Virginia Beach late Friday night.

According to Sheriff Fred S. Clark, 87-year-old Mary Lee Lambert and her 79-year-old sister, Lillian Snead Rickmond, were stopped by a Virginia Beach police officer going the wrong way on a one-way street shortly before 11 p.m. Friday.

The pair had been spotted a few minutes earlier eating at a McDonald’s in Virginia Beach, Clark said. A citizen, who had seen social media reports about the two missing women, immediately notified authorities of the pair’s whereabouts. 

However, before police arrived, the women had left and were soon spotted on the one-way street, the sheriff said.

When the officer stopped the sisters, Clark said they appeared to be “a little disoriented.”

Virginia Beach authorities transported the women to the police station and notified Halifax County and Dinwiddie County authorities they had been found and were safe.

Lambert’s son traveled to Virginia Beach early Saturday morning and brought his mother and aunt to his home in Colonial Heights. On Saturday, family members transported the women back to their home in Scottsburg, Clark said.

The two-day ordeal began Thursday afternoon when the two sisters left Lambert’s son’s house in Dinwiddie County around 2 p.m. driving back to their home in Dryburg.

They were reportedly seen at 4 p.m. filling up their gold Chevrolet Impala with gas at a station in Chesterfield County where they asked an attendant for directions to South Boston.

That was the last time the pair had been seen until the citizen spotted them at the Virginia Beach McDonald’s late Friday night, the sheriff said.

According to Clark, the women were traveling in Lambert’s gold 2004 Chevrolet Impala with Virginia handicapped plates 32-9488.

Both were described by their families as having very early signs of the onset of dementia, according to authorities.