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Missing woman found safe at father’s home

— Eighteen days after she walked away from a care facility in The Dalles, Carolyn Rice was located Sunday at the home of her father.

Rice is under the guardianship of her brother, Pat Rice, and suffers from mental health issues. Immediately after her disappearance, her brother issued a plea to The Dalles community to help find the missing woman.

“She mysteriously showed up at my dad’s house,” Rice said. “I was told by the dispatchers when they alerted me she had been found that somebody had called in.”

Rice was told police had trouble gaining entry to the home, but were eventually able to talk to Carolyn Rice on the phone.

With the help of police, Pat Rice had earlier obtained a hold from the director of the Mid-Columbia Center for Living, which authorized police to pick up Carolyn Rice. She was taken to Mid-Columbia Medical Center where she was evaluated by a mental health worker.

Rice said she was in good health, clean and wearing a new coat that she would not have been able to purchase herself. She had been aware of the search under way for her, including Facebook pleas, even though she is computer illiterate, he noted.

“Somebody had been monitoring it for her,” Rice said, suggesting someone had been hiding her. “My theory is that she would still be missing if it hadn’t been for pressure from the media and police.”

Carolyn Rice is being cared for at a secure facility in Hermiston.

“She is on medication and I am confident in the staff,” Pat Rice said. “She will be stabilized there and then she will be on to her group home.”

Rice said he is grateful to The Dalles Police Department and to residents of The Dalles who showed concern for his sister’s safety and wellbeing.

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