BLOOMINGTON — A woman who went missing on Christmas Day walked into the Illinois State Police office in Pesotum early Wednesday afternoon with a good Samaritan who found her at Hardee's in Mattoon.
Carmon D. Edwards, 53, who may be suffering from a recent cognitive decline, was last seen in Bloomington about 11 a.m. Monday. She was driving from Bloomington to family celebrations in Washington and/or Pekin.
“She is safe and has been reunited with her family at the Illinois State Police District 10 Headquarters,” said ISP spokeswoman Tracy Lillard.
She appeared to be in good health, police said.
Efforts to reach family members were not successful.
Mattoon police were called to assist Bloomington police after it was discovered that Edwards made a stop at the Hardee's in Mattoon on Tuesday morning, Mattoon Police Chief Jason Taylor said.
Edwards' vehicle was found about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 21st Street and Richmond Avenue, and she was assumed to be on foot, Taylor said.
Mattoon firefighters and state troopers joined the search, which included a plane conducting an aerial search.
The good Samaritan found her at the restaurant and took her to the state police about 12:50 p.m., police said.
Law enforcement agencies in Central Illinois posted on social media about the missing woman.
“We were able to reach over 800,000 people,” said Bloomington police spokesman Elias Mendiola.