Missing woman, 76, great-grandson, 5, got into accident before disappearing

by: Dave Faherty Updated:

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. - A 76-year-old woman and her 5-year-old great-grandson were reunited with family members Monday night after being missing for more than 12 hours.

Mary Yoder showed Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty the SUV she was in with her great-grandson, Dustin Byers, when they failed to show up at his elementary school.

Family members said Yoder, who suffers from dementia, was helping care for the boy after his mother died from a severe illness must a few weeks ago.

Yoder said she has low blood sugar and got into an accident on the way to school Monday.

She said she doesn’t remember much after the airbags deployed, knocking her back in her seat.

Channel 9 closely followed the search Monday until Yoder and Byers were spotted two counties away along Interstate 40.

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Yoder admitted to Channel 9 she didn’t know where she was.

“No I didn’t, but I’m glad somebody found me and the boy and we’re home safely,” Yoder said.

Family members said Yoder will no longer take Byers to school or drive.

They are giving thanks to all the people who helped find them.

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