Recently, a 97-year-old woman went missing in Roseville, California. Thankfully, a young group of junior detectives came together to save the day. Here’s the heartwarming tale of the junior detectives you need today…
Junior Detectives To The Rescue
In late September, the Roseville Police Department alerted its citizens that an elderly woman named Glenneta Belford went missing. Due to her 97-year-old age, her family felt very concerned. Even worse, Belford suffers from dementia and is mostly non-verbal, so the risk was double. As a result, the police put out a public announcement on Facebook, as well as through public speakers, radio, and helicopter. Surprisingly, a group of ten and eleven years old heard the report and decided to spring into action!
In an interview with CNN, one group member, Logan, broke down what happened that fateful day. He was playing with his friend Hope (11), and her friend Makenna (10) were playing when they heard the news over the radio. They dropped everything, went to get Hope’s younger sibling Kashton. Then, all together, they hopped on their bike and started searching for the missing woman.
Searching Every Street Corner
The four junior detectives started by searching the neighborhood, near their houses, streets, and trails they knew. Then, they moved on to local parks and schools, but still did not find the missing woman. They even ran into some danger along the way, just like real detectives! At one point, they had climbed a hill, as the police said Belford had a tendency to hide. While climbing down, Logan fell down and scraped his hand and leg. The smart kids went home, bandaged Logan up, had dinner, and then went right back to searching.
While back on the streets, they spotted a woman talking to herself. “I said, ‘Guys, this has to be her,'” Logan told CNN. So, Hope called 911 and reported the missing woman had been spotted. This happened just two-and-a-half hours after Beflord went missing! Later, the police admitted, “Our dispatcher was a little surprised to hear a ten-year-old on the other line telling us they had found this missing person.”
“When Someone Needs Help, You Help Them”
Like any good junior detectives would, the group stayed with the woman until authorities arrived. Now, Belford has been reunited with her family and is safe and sound. When asked why they wanted to help, Logan replied: “Because when someone needs help, you help them.” Furthermore, Logan reported he and his friends were “excited and happy” to help. As you might imagine, children’s parents were incredibly proud and humbled. As one mother said in the interview, “it’s events like this that will really help shape them into their future selves.”
The police department shared the story on their Facebook page and wrote a touching caption. “This is a great example of our exceptional community coming together to lend a helping hand. This proves a great point, age is just a number and anyone can help out in a time of need.”