VCSO: Elderly New Smyrna Beach couple-area couple reported missing found safe

Peter and Zina Glitniak found safe aftyer reported missing in New Smyrna / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Zina Glitniak, 87, and Peter Glitniak, 90, shown here, were reported missing by their son when he went to their New Smyrna Beach-area home Saturday night. But early Sunday they were found.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- An elderly husband and wife reported missing by their son 5 p.m. Saturday from their South Glencoe Road home were found safe in Indian County early this morning, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies had sought the public's help in locating Zina Glitniak, 87, and Peter Glitniak, 90, who were believed to have driven away from their home near New Smyrna Beach Saturday afternoon in their 2003 maroon Mitsubishi Lancer.

"Their adult son returned to their home on South Glencoe Road at 5 p.m. and discovered they were gone and they had not left behind any indication of where they went," Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught told Headline Surfer just before 2:30 this morning. "The son initially thought they might have gone to a store. However, after a couple of hours his parents didn’t return."

"Their adult son returned to their home on South Glencoe Road at 5 p.m. and discovered they were gone and they had not left behind any indication of where they went," Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught told Headline Surfer just before 2:30 this morning. "The son initially thought they might have gone to a store. However, after a couple of hours his parents didn’t return."

So he called the Sheriff’s Office at about 7:50 p.m. to report them missing and informed deputies that his parents might suffer from an early stage of dementia. A "Silver Alert" was activated as deputies searched local stores and hospitals without luck. 

This story, however, has a happy ending: "The missing couple was found safe and sound in Indian River County," Haught said.

Elderly NSB couple found safe in Indian County / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer graphic / Zina Glitniak, 87, and Peter Glitniak, 90, apparently drove from their New Smyrna Beach-area home Saturday afternoon and were located just beforee 2:30 a.m. Sunday in Indian River County in their 2003 maroom Mitsubishi Lancer. They were reported missing by their son who told Volusia County Sheriff's deputies they may have been suffering from dementia.

 

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