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Missing 65-year-old Durham woman found

Posted March 4, 2013

— The family of a Durham woman who was missing for nearly a month said Monday she has been located.

George O’Briant, the son of Pearlie O’Briant Johnson, said his 65-year-old mother is safe.

“Our prayers have been answered, and we would like to thank everyone for their concern and support,” he said.

Details on what happened to his mother were not immediately available.

Family members were worried after they hadn’t heard from Pearlie O’Briant Johnson since Feb. 5, when she last spoke to her daughter. She was last seen near North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

George O'Briant reported his mother missing a few days later, but the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons didn't issue a Silver Alert for Johnson until Feb. 22 after police determined that she might have some onset of dementia.


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  • davidk_at_unc Mar 5, 2013

    "How much money was spent looking for this woman?" -- Karmageddon

    There are two kinds of people in this world. One type cares about others ... about society ... about humanity. The other cares only for themselves. This is a prime example of the latter.

  • kimsstressed Mar 4, 2013

    Thank the Good Lord!! About time we here some good news!! Glad she is safe!!

  • wayneboyd Mar 4, 2013

    Its the kind of reporting that keeps you coming back for more. Cliff-hanging, edge-of your seat clinging, nail-biting- method of reporting And it works!

  • nano Mar 4, 2013

    Good news...what a relief to family and friends. If she does have dementia, how scary it must have been for her (and family).

  • vickigrantham Mar 4, 2013

    Wonderful that she has been found!

  • stymieindurham Mar 4, 2013

    "Details on what happened to his mother were not immediately available." - - - - - This is the second incomplete story written. Same way wih the car crash in the beauty saloon.

  • romneycare Mar 4, 2013

    Where was she the whole time??????????

  • ctya Mar 4, 2013

    Wow people are really worried about where she was or the rest of the story. I really pray of the poster never have some of experiences that are reported and they so carelessly comment on. Glad she is home and hopefully safe. When did someone being safe not become enough?

  • vatransplant Mar 4, 2013

    Awesome story with a happy ending.

  • marciamal1 Mar 4, 2013

    Glad to hear she is home with her family.