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66-year-old woman missing out of Guilford County found safe; Silver Alert canceled

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MCLEANSVILLE, N.C. -- A 66-year-old woman reported missing out of Guilford County has been found.

A Silver Alert was initially issued for Shirley Slade McGill after she went missing from her home at 3430 Anderson Valley Road in McLeansville at about 10 a.m. Thursday. McGill was reported missing shortly before 4 p.m.

Officials say she fell while on a walk and a member of McGill's family found her less than half a mile from her home while on a walk Friday morning.

"She seemed to be in a little bit of shock but coherent,” said Sterling Chavis, McGill’s cousin who found her. “Obviously, she was cold from the night but she was able to talk to me."

McGill’s family believes she suffers from dementia. Her sister, Gail Bell, says McGill was trying to walk to another family member’s house when she fell.

"It's like what you see on television,” Bell said. “You don't expect one of your family members to just disappear and I saw her earlier yesterday and she's a creature of habit, routine, and there is family all around so for her to just vanish it's unbelievable.”

Although McGill was unable to walk on her own, deputies say she was found in "good" condition. The family says she was taken to Cone Hospital.

“It was like waking up from a horrible dream there was screaming, yelling and crying, everybody was just over the moon,” Bell said.

Bell says the family hopes McGill will be able to come home from the hospital in the next few days.