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Elderly Scottsburg sisters found safe after going missing Thursday / February 24, 2014
Following a police search late in the week, two elderly sisters from the Scottsburg community who went missing Thursday turned up safely in Virginia Beach on late Friday night.

The two women, Mary Lee Lambert, 87, and Lillian Snead Rickmond, 79, were stopped by a Virginia Beach police officer as they were headed the wrong way on a one-way city street shortly before 11 p.m. Friday.

The officer was alerted to the presence of two women by a citizen who a short time earlier had seen them eating at a McDonald’s in Virginia Beach.

The women were described as disoriented when they were discovered. Both women have been described by their families as having very early signs of onset of dementia.

Around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, Lambert and Rickmond left the residence of Lambert’s son, Charles Wagstaff, in Dinwiddie County en route back to their homes in the Dryburg area of Halifax County. They did not make it home, and their disappearance prompted a missing persons search.

Charles Wagstaff, interviewed by NBC 12 in Richmond, said he had taken his mother and aunt to “K and L Barbeque” in Hopewell for lunch. After they returned to Wagstaff’s home, the sisters departed for home in Lambert’s gold 2004 Chevrolet Impala, with Rickmond behind the wheel.

Family members traveled to Virginia Beach to reunite with the sisters soon after they were discovered.

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Glad the ladies got home safely.

Wish Ruzie Sugg had had as happy an ending. That bothered me a lot, but as a Native friend said, she had made her way back to ancestral Native lands to die.

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