Elaine Barton. Photo via Oceanside Police Department

Police said Tuesday that a 74-year-old Oceanside woman was erroneously reported missing by her husband, who has dementia and apparently forgot that she now lives in an assisted living facility.

Elaine Barton’s husband still lives in the Oceanside home he used to share with his wife, but got confused and called police, who put out a call for the public’s help in finding her.

Once her photo was shown on local newscasts, administrators at her assisted living home called police to report that she was fine.

Oceanside police thanked the news media for their quick action in the matter, which led to the confusion being cleared up within hours.

— City News Service

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