Four kids on their bikes took to the streets of their California neighborhood to help police find an elderly woman who suffers from dementia after she went missing from her care facility, drawing comparisons to the child sleuths from the 1980s cult classic, ‘The Goonies.’
The children, ages 11 and under, jumped into action after hearing cops in a helicopter announcing that the 97-year-old woman had gone missing in Roseville on Monday.
Glennetta Belford, who had been last seen around 4.15pm, suffers from dementia, is mostly nonverbal and tends to hide, or hunker down, according to the Roseville Police Department.
Four kids on their bikes (pictured above) helped search their California neighborhood and found an elderly woman who suffers from dementia after she had gone missing from her care facility, drawing comparisons to child sleuths from the 1980s cult classic, ‘The Goonies’
Glennetta Belford, (pictured above) had been last seen around 4:15 p.m. Monday. The 97-year-old suffers from dementia, is mostly nonverbal and tends to hide, or hunker down, according to the Roseville Police Department
Within two hours, and after minor tumble one of the youths had riding his bike down a path, Belford was found.
Cops praised local residents who came out to help look for Belford, but gave a special nod to the ‘junior’ search party that actually found the elderly woman.
‘I think this is a perfect example of age not being a factor, kids taking it in their own hands to help a community member in need and doing a great job at helping safely return this missing person,’ Roseville Police Officer Rob Baquera told ABC.
Daniel Claiborne, the father of two of the children – Hope and Kash – said the Belford’s rescue was a real-life ‘Goonies’ moment.
The 1985 film depicts the hysterical exploits of a group of young children who are chased by a family of criminals as they set out on an adventure to find the fortune of a 17th-century pirate, One-Eyed Willy.
The movie, a mild hit that became cult classic, starred then child actors Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton and Ke Huy Quan.
The Roseville bunch also included Logan Hultman and a fourth child, Makenna.
Logan, 10, said the group was outside when they heard cops in their helicopters asking the public for help in finding Belford.
Kash, one of the four kids who found Belford, speaks with reporters who descended on the neighborhood after the youths helped in the search
Cops in Roseville thanked local residents, including a ‘junior’ search party in a Facebook post for helping find Belford
The kids went searching on their bikes, but had to turn back home after Logan took a spill riding down a path on a hill.
‘The second bump flew me in the air and I fell off my bike,’ Logan told FOX40. ‘So we came all the way back and my brother patched me up.’
Upon returning to the road, the children found Belford just a few blocks from where they lived.
‘She was right here and she was walking and she was talking to herself. And then when we came, she said, “No, no, no. Go away, go away, go away,”‘ Kash said.
Hope, the oldest in the pack at age 11, called 911 and Belford was recovered.
The kids were prodded by reporters about starting their own detective service, and asked how much they would charge.
After some discussion, Makenna responded for the group, ‘there’s no price on helping’.