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Or, just hide them really well. ;)

A disappearance has been solved, and unfortunately so, thanks to some hunters who found the remains of two travelers. Two little old ladies from Ohio apparently got lost and then stranded just a stone's throw from the interstate on a shopping trip. Of all the places they could wind up-you'd know bad luck would strand them where no one ever goes. My mom though could have hiked back to the road (or if mad walked all the way home), apparently the 68 year old woman was not in as good a shape due to knee problems.

We'd thought for some time they might have been in Kentucky but no trace whatsoever had been found.

"Two women found dead six months after vanishing on a shopping trip likely missed their highway exit in northern Kentucky and got lost trying to find their way back, authorities said Monday.

A hunter discovered the car in a dry creek bed Sunday and the nearby remains of Mary Ellen Walters, 68, and Ada Wasson, 80, about 40 miles northeast of Louisville, Ky., said Maj. John Newsom of the Warren County sheriff's office in Ohio. The women lived at an Ohio retirement home.

Walters' remains were next to the vehicle, and those of Wasson were about 600 feet away within sight of the interstate, Newsom said. He said it's likely the vehicle went down an embankment and Wasson walked toward the interstate to get help.

Wasson, who had been driving, at times became confused, while Walters, a retired United Methodist minister, was limited physically by knee problems, neighbors said.

Autopsies were to be performed Monday. Foul play does not appear to be a factor, authorities said. Despite an extensive search in that area, the vehicle and the women's bodies had not been found because the field had not been used for at least a couple of years, Newsom said.

The car was found about eight miles south of Carrollton, Ky., in a location not visible from the road or air, according to Otterbein Retirement Living Communities, where the women lived.

The women were known to have been preparing for an excursion April 19 to a J.C. Penney outlet store, but officials were not sure if they planned to go to one in Columbus or in Carrollton.

Authorities and volunteers had searched thousands of square miles in a three-state area after the women failed to return to their homes at Otterbein, north of Cincinnati.

Investigators studied store videotapes, checked under bridges and passed out thousands of fliers. Police consulted with FBI experts and sent alerts across the nation.

Shopping was a favorite activity of the two, and they preferred driving scenic highways rather than Interstate 71. That complicated the search, because there are multiple ways to get to Carrollton, including via Indiana, or to Columbus, 90 miles to the north of the retirement home.

Authorities know Wasson filled her car with gasoline the night of April 18, and they left some time the next day. But in the weeks after the disappearance, there was no activity on the women's credit or bank cards, police said.
 

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Yeah, well, it's tough. My dad has ever worsening dementia and still wants to get out on his own even though he can no longer remember his own address. You can either be accomodative and turn into a 24/7 personnal chauffer, force them into a home against their will, or let them stubbornly go about what they are intent on doing, knowing that it will end in tragedy at some point - and that there are no good options.
 

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You can either be accomodative and turn into a 24/7 personnal chauffer, force them into a home against their will, or let them stubbornly go about what they are intent on doing, knowing that it will end in tragedy at some point - and that there are no good options.
Too true. While I would prefer to "end in tragedy" myself rather than moldering in an old folks home or being a damned pest to my kids, I don't want my end to be tragic for others.

A first cousin to my father took out two members of a family with his car when he should no longer have been driving. He survived and I wanted to go stomp his selfish butt myself for killing those two and to thank him personally for putting our family name in the news under such horrible and embarrassing conditions.
 

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I said to my grandmother that some older people shouldn't be driving. She got very defensive saying that I will be old one day too....no kidding, but if I'm unable to do it, or have demntia, if I'm 30 I shouldn't be driving...
 

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Too true. While I would prefer to "end in tragedy" myself rather than moldering in an old folks home or being a damned pest to my kids, I don't want my end to be tragic for others.

A first cousin to my father took out two members of a family with his car when he should no longer have been driving. He survived and I wanted to go stomp his selfish butt myself for killing those two and to thank him personally for putting our family name in the news under such horrible and embarrassing conditions.
From the time my dad's neurologist called the DMV to the time they revoked his license more than a year elapsed. At least the acted eventually. Unfortunatly any sort of travel is hazardous at this point due to his limited mobility and bouts of confusion. We just narrowly averted a trip to Baltimore he was dead set on making - phone calls to his past collegues resulted in him being talked out of it. The family had decided as of last night not to fight him at this point and just let him go if he got real stubborn - despite the possibility of some sort of tragic end to the trip.
 
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