Woman missing after LWR visit found

LAKEWOOD RANCH — A woman missing after a visit with relatives in Lakewood Ranch has been located in her home state, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Investigators located Charlotte R. Gately, 71, in Massachusetts, in good health a day after her family could not make contact with her since she left the Lakewood Ranch Country Club home of her daughter Saturday.

Gately had been visiting her daughter since December and decided to drive back to Massachusetts on Saturday as her family members tried to talk her out of it, according to the sheriff’s report. After two hours, she returned, saying she had gotten lost in Tampa. Gately then left again and could not be reached on her cell phone.

Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow said detectives believe even though family members could not reach Gately during her trip, she was traveling but not in danger.