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LaPorte County and the Indiana State Police officers are being lauded for helping a missing elderly woman from Gary return home safely.

A Gurnee, Ill. woman called Indiana State Police Cpl. Dan Avitia on Tuesday night reporting her mother, 92, left a friend's home in Gary around noon and had not been seen since.

A missing person's report was filed with the Gary Police Department and Indiana State Police remained involved.

Avitia checked records and determined state police had not interacted with the Gary woman, but provided her daughter with telephone numbers to area hospitals and police departments.

Police also issued an alert about her to area law enforcement agencies.

The woman's daughter called Avitia later Tuesday night and said her mother was found near LaCrosse after crashing her car and running it off the road near a home in the south LaPorte County town. The woman honked her horn and someone stopped to help her before calling police.

LaPorte County Sheriff's Deputy Neil Lachmund helped Henley, who was not injured. The woman's family was not able to provide transportation to get her home to Gary on the foggy night.

Lachmund drove the woman to Ind. 421 and U.S. 6, where Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Lawrence McFarrin put her in his squad car and drove her home.

"The coordination with LaPorte County Sheriff Department and the Indiana State Police helped to get a family member home safely where she belonged," said Lt. Terry Gose, District Commander of the Lowell Post. 

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