Haines City husband and wife found safe following Silver Alert

Polk County

Haines City Police Department

UPDATE: Great news! The couple has been located and are safe.

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Haines City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing husband and wife reported missing Wednesday afternoon.

A Silver Alert was issued for 79-year-old Charlie Joe Sankey and his wife 77-year-old Aretha Bell Sankey.

According to police Charlie picked up Aretha from AdventHealth Heart of Florida and headed south in a white 2010 Buick Enclave SUV with a specialty tag numbered DC6151. Phone records show that the couple were in Fort Piece after 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Authorities said Charlie was showing signs of dementia while Aretha was showing signs of Alzheimer’s. It is unknown what they were wearing when they left.

Police say Charlie is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 180 pounds and Aretha is 5-foot-4 and weighs about 163 pounds.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636.

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