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Northern Alberta seniors with dementia found safe in Lloydminster

Mervyn Sylven and Loretta Warren were last seen Sunday Oct. 6, 2019 near Stony Plain.
Mervyn Sylven and Loretta Warren were last seen Sunday Oct. 6, 2019 near Stony Plain. Supplied by Valleyview RCMP

Two seniors who went missing over the weekend in northern Alberta were found safe after driving hundreds of kilometres around the province, RCMP said on Monday.

Loretta Warren and Mervyn Sylven, both 77 years old, went missing from the Valleyview area, which is about 330 kilometres northwest of Edmonton in the Grande Prairie region.

Family had last been in contact with Warren and Sylven on Saturday.

Around 5:15 a.m. Sunday, the two were seen by RCMP about 25 kilometres west of Edmonton in Parkland County, where an officer pulled them over near Stony Plain for driving too slow on the highway.

It wasn’t until hours later that the seniors, who both suffer from dementia, were reported missing. They were driving a blue Honda Civic car.

The pair was eventually found safe by police just after midnight Monday, in Lloydminster — which is about 240 kilometres east of Edmonton on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

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It’s not known what prompted the pair to drive off together.

— With files from Sarah Vernon, Global News