65-year-old Snellville woman found unharmed in Habersham

SNELLVILLE - An elderly woman suffering from undiagnosed dementia and memory loss who went missing Wednesday has been found unharmed, police said late Thursday.

Renee Antoinette Harris, 65, was located Thursday evening in Habersham County - about an hour's drive northeast of Lawrenceville - by the Baldwin Police Department, according to Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

Harris had been missing since Wednesday morning after she left Emory Eastside Medical Center in Snellville following a visit with her husband, James, who was undergoing surgery there.

Harris had called her husband late Wednesday evening and said she was lost in the Gainesville area on Jesse Jewell Parkway. He then gave her directions to Interstate 85.

But she never made back to their Norcross home and communication was impossible because her cell phone's battery died.

Thursday morning, the woman phoned her husband again and said she was still lost and slept in a Hampton Inn hotel. Harris' cell phone was dead, police said.

Police issued a Mattie's call at 2 p.m. Thursday, a statewide alert for missing disabled or elderly individuals. Spellman said investigators contacted every Hampton Inn in the area she may have traveled, but there is no record of her stay.

No further details were provided.