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Missing 80-year-old West Lawn woman found near Cook County Jail

Maria Nieves | Chicago Police

An elderly woman who was reported missing Tuesday in West Lawn on the Southwest Side was found near the Cook County Jail a day later.

Cook County sheriff’s officers on bike patrol found 80-year-old Maria Nieves sitting on the steps of a sheriff’s office administrative building Wednesday in the 3000 block of South California Avenue.

She did not know how she had gotten to the building from her home nearly six miles away, nor did she know what happened in the 24 hours she was missing, the sheriff’s office said. She has been reunited with her caretaker, a friend she grew up with in Puerto Rico.