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It was a brisk evening this past Wednesday in Fairfield, CA, when the Fairfield Police Department received a report about a 61-year-old missing woman, Vicki, who had disappeared from her home that morning.
Vicki was listed as an at-risk missing adult due to health problems, and police had reason to believe she likely wasn’t dressed for the evening’s rain and cold temperatures when she left her home. The Fairfield Police Department followed their usual protocol, dispatching officers to look for her and spreading Vicki’s photo and word of her disappearance on their social networks, including Nextdoor.
The following morning, the department had no tips. They reached out to the Solano County Office of Emergency Services and activated the Solano County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team to join in on the search, hoping to broaden their reach and increase their chances of finding Vicki.
Before they even got started, however, the police department received a message on Nextdoor from a neighbor who believed she had seen a woman matching Vicki’s description just that morning at the mall.
In her post, the good samaritan said that the woman had appeared frazzled, so she’d taken her to the food court and bought her breakfast and coffee. Happy that the woman had calmed down and was fed, she’d headed on her way, leaving the mall and heading home.
Upon returning home, she saw the Fairfield Police Department’s post on Nextdoor, as well as Vicki’s photo – and immediately recognized her as the woman she’d just bought breakfast for not a half an hour prior. Wasting no time, she sent the officer a private message on Nextdoor.
Happily, within 30 minutes the police had safely located Vicki at the mall. She was reunited with her family later that morning.
“We can’t thank our community enough for their continued support each and every day,” the Fairfield Police Department said in a follow-up post to the city.
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