Missing 88-year-old woman found safe in locked room at Oviedo facility

Janet Mate Palastak Gault reported missing Monday night

Janet Mate Palastak Gault.
Janet Mate Palastak Gault.

OVIEDO, Fla. – A missing elderly woman was found safe early Tuesday in a locked room inside the assisted living facility from which she was reported missing a day earlier.

The Oviedo Police Department said Janet Mate Palastak Gault, 88, was found around 2:30 a.m. asleep inside the room, which was described by police as a "locked, vacant room."

A search had been launched for Gault, who has Alzheimer's and walks with a cane.