Family celebrates return of missing elderly parents

An elderly couple returned home Tuesday after giving their family a scare when they disappeared a few days ago, finally turning up more than 100 miles from home.

Deborah Carroll-Coco says her parents, Albert and Margaret Tomkins, both in their 80s with glaucoma and dementia, left their home in Brick Sunday. She says she didn't hear from them, became worried and reported them missing.

Brick police reported the Tomkins? home appeared intact, but the couple's car was missing and a note was left. Carroll-Coco says the note read ?Deb, thanks. Call you when we get home.?

After learning their car was seen driving erratically in the Sparta area Sunday evening, Carroll-Coco got on the Internet and phone to try to locate them. She found out a Good Samaritan had gotten her parents a room at a nearby Days Inn.

According to police, the couple was also spotted in Vernon. Police say they were apparently trying to find their way to Bergenfield, where they haven?t lived in more than 20 years.

Police in Connecticut called the couple?s family Tuesday night saying they?d found Mr. and Mrs. Tomkins alive and well in New Canaan.

How exactly the couple ended up in New Canaan is unclear. Family members say they're thrilled to have their loved ones back in time for the holidays.

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