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Missing woman with Alzheimer's found dead on West Side

An elderly woman who walked away from her West Side home was found dead only a short distance away a day later, authorities said. There were no signs of foul play in the death of 83-year-old Mary Migatulski.

Migatulski was last seen at her home in the 2500 block of North Broken Arrow Trail, near West Ironwood Hills Drive and North Shannon Road, around 11 a.m. Monday, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman said.

The missing woman's body was found in a desert area about a block south around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, TPD Sgt. Kimberly Bay said.

Monday's high temperature in Tucson was 95 degrees, the National Weather Service said, with Tuesday also reaching that reading.

Migatulski's family told police Monday that she had Alzheimer's disease, and had "walked away before but was found in the neighborhood a short time later," Bay said.

TPD officers, detectives, helicopter crew and Rapid Response Team (Urban Search Team), along with officers from the Arizona Department of Corrections and an ADOC police dog had been searching for Migatulski since she was reporting missing, Bay said.

"The exact cause of death is undetermined at this time, but there appears to be no signs of foul play. It does not appear she had been there for an extended period of time," Bay said Tuesday afternoon.

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