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Missing woman found two states away

Updated: March 28, 2013 6:42AM

ST. CHARLES — Customers at a Michigan Panda Express are being credited with helping reunite an elderly St. Charles woman with her family.

The St. Charles woman, Sara Mignin, 89, was found safe but confused at the Michigan business after going missing Sunday morning. Before arriving in Michigan, she apparently first traveled to Wisconsin, police said.

Police spokesman Paul McCurtain said Tuesday that Mignin was found in East Lansing, Mich., at about 6 p.m. Monday.

He said Mignin stopped at a Panda Express restaurant in East Lansing and began asking for directions back to Illinois.

She seemed confused, he said, so restaurant customers began asking questions to determine if she had names and telephone numbers of family members. The customers contacted her family, who in turn contacted the St. Charles Police Department.

The search had begun Sunday morning, when police were called about 9:15 a.m. asking for a well-being check on Mignin. Family members were concerned because she had failed to show up at her daughter’s home that morning as previously planned.

McCurtain said police went to her house and found it secure. Her car was not in the garage, police said. Family members told police that while Mignin has no reported pressing health or cognitive issues, she recently seemed to have some memory problems.

Police determined that Mignin’s credit card was used to purchase gasoline at a station in Walworth, Wis., at 12:16 p.m. Sunday.

The search expanded to Michigan Monday afternoon when her bank reported she had used a credit card in the Lansing area that morning.

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