Delores and Tony Amaral, a couple in their 80s from Tennessee, got in their car last week to drive to a hospital 40 minutes away.
Five days later, the pair were found in Atlanta, Georgia, some 250 miles away from home, after they got lost and were unable to find their way back.
According to the Amarals’ daughter, Lisa Oelerich, on Friday, her father had suffered a fall at their Sevrieville home, as WBIR first reported.
American Odyssey: Delores and Tony Amaral, a couple in their 80s from Tennessee, lost their way and ended up driving for five days across three states
The couple got in their Gold PT Cruiser and headed to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, located about 30 miles away from their house.
But somewhere along the way, the Amarals drifted off course and ended up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Unable to find their way home, Tony and Delores continued driving until they crossed into Kentucky.
The Amarals started out in Sevierville, Tennessee, got lost along the way, reached Chattanooga, later arrived in Middlesboro, Kentucky, and ended up in Atlanta Friday
From there, the Amarals made their way to Atlanta, Georgia, where on Tuesday they were found safe by police.
Oelerich said her parents’ impromptu road trip came to an end when her father spotted an on-duty cop, walked over to her and asked for directions.
The couple’s daughter said neither one of her parents had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, but she said they will now likely have to hand over their car keys.
‘The car will go away and we’ve got to figure out what kind of help they need and what kind of help they will allow us to give them,’ said Oelerich.