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Elderly woman with dementia who wandered from home found dead in creek near Longmont


LONGMONT, Colorado — Authorities say an elderly woman with dementia who wandered away from her home was found dead in a creek near Longmont.

The Boulder County coroner's office says 86-year-old Elaine Hjertman's body was found in Left Hand Creek on Monday, about four hours after she was reported missing. The cause and manner of the woman's death have not been released.

The Longmont Times-Call reports ( ) the creek runs along the north side of the neighborhood where Hjertman lived, and there are several small reservoirs east of the neighborhood.

A helicopter pilot spotted the body less than a mile from Hjertman's home.

Information from: Daily Times-Call,

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