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POST FALLS, Idaho -

Deputies in Benewah County, Idaho are still searching for Jacquein D. Grider, 69, who went missing on Monday June 1st. Grider has dementia, making the search all the more difficult. Deputies with the Kootenai County Sheirffs Office say people who tend to wander like those with Dementia or Alzheimers tend to follow patterns. One example given by deputies is that people with Alzheimers, when lost, will continue on a straight path afraid to veer off because they're already confused with where they are.

However, the Grider family isn't alone in their worry, Coeur d'Alene Police reported Shirley Perry Schmale, 73, also with dementia missing this morning and Dwight C. Smith, 71, of Spokane with Dementia went mission on June 3rd. News that has one Post Falls couple worried about what they can expect in their future.

"Nine out of 10 Alzheimers victims will wander at some point," says Colleen Reese. Two and a half years ago, her husband Andy was diagnosed with Alzheimers. The disease had never been a serious problem until one car ride home.

"He just kept going, he didn't know where to turn," says Reese. "He was just confused."

It was a trip Andy had made countless times before. He, obviously, doesn't remember the event but his wife fears what may have happened if she hadn't been in the car with him.

"I told him this was the beginning of it."

Now the couple is exploring their options to make sure if Andy were ever to go missing, the wouldn't be stuck waiting to hear what happens to him.

" They have tracking systems now where if he wanders off, I can just call the police department and they have all his information so they can track him down."

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