An elderly Hurst couple is back home safe and resting after driving around lost and disoriented for nearly two days.
The husband and wife, Leilani and Fritz Collett, both have health issues and had quite a journey. Their disappearance prompted family members to make some tough decisions.
At 11:30 p.m. Monday, after driving around disoriented for a day and a half, the Colletts ended up blocking traffic at a Grapevine intersection. A driver then called police, which brought the Colletts' winding journey to an end.
Police tracked transactions made on the Colletts' credit cards. In the middle of the night, they were in Madill, Oklahoma. From there, they went back to Texas to the town of Lillian in southern Tarrant County.
"I don't think they realized where all they went," said the couple's daughter, Jennifer Collett. "My dad says he was lost and he didn't have a way to call me."
Then, they headed to Dalworthington Gardens before they were spotted in Grapevine.
"I kept asking them, ‘Where did you sleep last night?'" said Jennifer. "I guess they didn't sleep; they just kept driving."
Trent Kelley is an advocate for seniors in Grapevine. He says making the decision that a parent should no longer drive is tough, but keeping them and others motorists safe is most important.
"There's not an easy way," said Kelley. "It's difficult for every family.
For now, Jennifer is looking into options.
"My brother and I have been talking and maybe we'll bring the car over to his house so they can't drive for now, because I don't want this to happen again," she said.
The Colletts went to the hospital to be checked out. There were some health concerns, but for the most part, they are doing well.
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