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Woman missing from Angier retirement home found safe

Posted September 8, 2009 3:38 p.m. EDT
Updated September 8, 2009 6:33 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.