Missing North Carolina couple who hitchhiked to Middletown went to son’s home

UPDATE @ 1 p.m.

An older couple reported missing from North Carolina traveled to Middletown to the home of their son, Middletown police say.

Ethel Mae Puckett, 62, and Leroy Puckett, 72, left Wednesday from Orange County, N.C., and family members were concerned for their welfare. A Silver Alert was issued by officials there.

Middletown police received a call from the roommate of the Pucketts’ son on Thursday morning saying an older couple was sitting on the porch.

“They are safe. They are in their right state of mind. They came to their son’s residence here in Middletown,” said Maj. David Birk.


INITIAL REPORT, 10:21 a.m.

A missing North Carolina couple was found safe Thursday after apparently hitchhiking to Middletown, according to Orange County, N.C., officials.

A Silver Alert was issued Wednesday for Ethel Mae Puckett, 62, and Leroy Puckett, 72, who were last seen leaving their home at Eno Mobile Home Park, WRAL-TV in North Carolina reported.

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Ethel Puckett’s Life Track tracking device was located near her home. She was a client of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s Life Track program, which is a rapid response program used to locate people with cognitive issues who wander away from caregivers.

Family members expressed concern about the well-being of the couple.

According to Middletown police, they were located on a porch at a home on Charles Street on Thursday morning.

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