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Missing Elderly Couple From Rohnert Park Found Safe: Police



    Missing Elderly Couple Found Safe: Police

    A missing elderly couple from Rohnert Park was found safe late Tuesday, police said. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015)

    A missing elderly couple from Rohnert Park has been found safe, police said late Tuesday.

    The couple was found at a hotel in Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, according to Rohnert Park Police Sgt. Marshall.

    Police said another traveler recognized the couple and called Paso Robles police, who then contacted Rohner Park police.

    "They wanted to get away for a while and did not tell anybody," Marshall said.

    Rohnert Park police are searching for Szaboics "Sam" Walko, 85, and his 90-year-old wife, Maria Walko, who have been reported missing. (Nov. 10, 2015)
    Photo credit: Rohnert Park Police Department

    Prior to being found on Tuesday, Szaboics "Sam" Walko, 85, and his 90-year-old wife, Maria Walko, were last seen withdrawing a large amount of money from their bank on Monday.

    On Saturday around 4:10 a.m., emergency crews responded to the couple's home on Maureen Lane after Sam Walko called 911 to report that his wife was possibly having a medical emergency, according to police.

    When emergency crews arrived, Walko said his wife had health issues but was feeling fine at the moment and didn't need assistance. Emergency personnel advised Walko take his wife to a hospital to get checked out and Walko said he would, police said.

    Personnel also contacted the couple's son, who lives in Hungary, Sgt. Jeff Justice said. The couple's son said he would follow up with his parents to check on his mother's condition, according to police.

    The next day, the couple's son contacted police to tell them that he had not been able to contact his parents and that Kaiser Hospital said they never went to the hospital, police said.

    Officers went to the couple's home and determined their vehicle was not in the garage, according to police.

    When the couple withdrew money from the bank around 4 p.m. Monday, they mentioned Maria had a doctor's appointment at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa, but the hospital said that was not the case, Justice said.

    The couple does not have a cell phone, which could have been used to track their movements, Justice said.

    NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.

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