Search teams combed the area near Country Dog Salon on Hwy. 53 East in Dawson County for two hours Friday morning before locating a missing Alzheimer's patient who wandered away when her husband stopped to drop their dogs off at the groomer.
The 64-year-old woman, who was found at a nearby business just before noon, was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. Her name was not released.
Debbie Murphy, owner of the pet salon, said the woman's husband had only been in the store a few minutes when he learned his wife was no longer waiting in their car.
"Of course, he freaked out," she said. "The poor man, when he came back to pick up his pets, I just had to hug him, and I'm not a very huggie person. I just felt so bad for him."
First responders with Dawson County Emergency Services and the local sheriff's office, including K9 units, searched the grounds around the salon.
Plans were also in place to bring in the Georgia State Patrol's helicopter to assist in the search.
"I'm just so glad they found her," Murphy said. "I want to thank everyone that came to look for her. Everybody was trying to find her."