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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The body of an elderly Roswell woman who went missing a month ago has been found in Chaves County near the Pecos River.

New Mexico State Police say a search team located 80-year-old Leotta Talbert on Friday afternoon.

Talbert was last seen Dec. 3 driving away from a Roswell hospital before she was to be formally discharged. Police say she had onset dementia.

State police, along with other agencies, have been conducting air and ground searches since then.

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A New Mexico Game and Fish pilot doing a bird survey southeast of Hagerman spotted Talbert’s vehicle on Thursday.

A ground search was initiated but suspended until the next morning.

Talbert’s body has been turned over to the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Authorities do not suspect foul play.