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82-year-old ends up driving for six hours after taking wrong turn

An 82-year-old who set off home ended up taking a wrong turn and was missing for six hours, it has emerged.

Sheila Fitzgerald was driving home from Ormskirk in Lancashire when she took a wrong turning and ended up getting lost in the fog. Police found her more than six hours later 50 miles away in Gisburn, also in Lancashire.

Her daughter Clare alerted police after she tried to call her mum before leaving to visit at around 6:30pm, but nobody picked up the phone.

“I carried on ringing and couldn’t get through. I rang her neighbour, who has a key, and they went round to check but she wasn’t there. I got there at about 8.40pm and realised she was out in her car and there was thick fog so I rang the police, Clare told the Liverpool Echo.

“At about 10.30pm they saw her number plate come on a camera on the M65 near Blackburn. They tracked it back and saw she had driven through Tarleton, so I think she’d been to Southport.

“Two Merseyside police officers came round and took some details for a missing person’s report and by 12.30am she was still missing. Lancashire police finally located her at 2am, safe and well, in Gisburn, so she had been on a bit of a trek.”

Upon being pulled over by the boys in blue, Mrs Fitzgerald was completely unaware of the fuss she had caused.

“Apparently she joked with them and asked ‘am I a missing person?’ and they had to tell her she actually was. She only thought she had been driving about 20 minutes. She was just finding her way home,” Clare added.

Clare has since thanked the two local police forces for their help in finding Mrs Fitzgerald and returning her safely.

If you think driving for more than six hours the wrong way is bad, a woman followed her satnav through six countries. We’re not even joking.


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