North Texas Police Search For Missing Elderly Couple

(Update 8:48 a.m – Police confirm to CBS 11 News the couple has been found safe. No word on where they were located.)

HURST (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Hurst are asking for help from the public in finding a missing elderly North Texas couple.

According to authorities, Thursday evening a woman contacted Hurst police concerned about her missing parents.

Beth Lanelle Hinthorn, 87, and her 84-year-old husband, George William Hinthorn, could not be found.

After speaking with the couple’s daughter, police learned that both the man and woman suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The pair is believed to be traveling in their pickup truck, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with the Texas license plate BA1-6002.

Anyone with any information about the Hinthorn’s or their missing truck is urged to contact Hurst police at (817) 788-7146.

  • NiteNurse

    My thoughts are with the family but also I’m thinking why a couple with dementia still has access to a vehicle? When you see this happening to people you love you have to take steps to insure not only their safety but the safety of others.

    • 2sister

      If possible, you should take their vehicle away and take steps to protect them. It is possible, however, that the daughter doesn’t have legal control of their affairs. Without more information, it’s hard to say exactly what the situation is.

      I hope they are found.

      • 2sister

        I just noticed the update. They have been found. :)

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  • mt

    whatcolor is truck?

  • NiteNurse

    A social worker can help a family member who might be concerned that an elderly person might not be safe living alone anymore. These discussions should occur before a person becomes mentally disabled so that a plan is in place before something like this happens.

  • FedUpTxn

    Legal guardianship is not difficult to achieve. At some point, the parent/child relationship is reversed, and it is up to the children to care for their parents in the same manner they were cared for as children. It is a difficult, but necessary step and part of “Honor thy Mother and Father.”

    I believe there needs to be a law passed, that as soon as someone is diagnosed with dementia, that the department of motor vehicles be notified and all driving rights be suspended. This is for their protection, as well as the general public. Families who allow their elderly parents to drive knowing the have alzheimers should not only pay the expense to find them, but for any damages caused in the process.

    • 2sister

      It depends. Sometimes it is difficult to make the decision or agree on the decision if there are more than one person trying to decide what is best to do. For example, I know siblings who fought over who would get power of attorney over the parent’s care. One child realized that the parents needed nursing care. The other sibling didn’t want to accept that. The one who realized that they needed nursing care was taken to court by the other child. My point is that it isn’t always simple. It depends on the situation.

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