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Woman missing from Angier retirement home found safe

Posted September 8, 2009

— The woman who walked away from an Angier retirement home Monday has been found unharmed, authorities said Tuesday.

Annie Langley, 62, a resident of Primrose Villa Retirement Community, had been the subject of a Silver Alert.

Woman safe after two-day search Woman safe after two-day search

Langley is the second resident of the facility, at 431 Junny Road, to be the subject of a Silver Alert this year. In February, 85-year-old Carrie C. Evans wandered away. She was found dead in nearby ravine. Evans died of a severe head injury, according to an autopsy report. Police said there was no evidence of foul play.

“Evidently, they are able to get out undetected," Angier Police Chief Bobby Hallman said.

A state inspection after Evans' death found: "The facility failed to assure all exit doors accessible by residents were equipped with a sounding device which was audible to the staff throughout the facility when the door was opened." That problem was supposed to be remedied immediately, according to the report.

A supervisor said she turned on the door alarms Sunday night at 9, then turned them off at 6:30 a.m. Monday before she began making breakfast. She believes that's when Langley walked out.

Hundreds of people searched on foot, in cars and with dogs for Langley Monday and Tuesday until she was found just before 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Angier Post Office.

Police said she spent Monday night in an abandoned house. Langley told officers she just felt like walking and left. Hallman said Langley was healthy but confused. She was being evaluated by the Department of Social Services.



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  • Leftwing Sep 8, 2009

    Am I missing something? Since when do 62 year olds need to be in a retirement home? I'd love to retire at 62 but goodness knows I will still be working and paying my taxes so others don't have to.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 8, 2009

    I'm glad this lady was found safe!!!

  • fkhaywood Sep 8, 2009

    Read the article. She was found in the Angier Post Office Parking Lot, which is about 1/2 mile from the home.

  • kebsmom Sep 8, 2009

    I am so glad she was found safe. I realize it is easy for someone to wonder off but these people are paid to look after them. How can a family have peace of mind if they find that their loved ones are not being looked after properly. I don't think the inspection did a lot of good. I hope this home will tighten up before another lovely older person is lost like Ms Evans was earlier this year.

  • ncsu91938 Sep 8, 2009

    Glad she was found safe. Would like to know where they found her.

  • Adelinthe Sep 8, 2009

    “Evidently, they are able to get out undetected," Angier Police Chief Bobby Hallman said.

    Evidently! We know from experience with our own father who suffered from Alz that you can set multiple watches on them, and they can still slip away, but in a facility, it shouldn't be happening.

    Thanking God she is safe. Praying the facility finds out where the weak spots are and fixes them cause this could well have turned out far differently.

    God bless.


  • chadsangel4 Sep 8, 2009

    Happy to hear she is safe. Where in the world was she though???

  • jurydoc Sep 8, 2009

    Thank goodness for a bit of good news for a change!