MESA, AZ (3TV,CBS 5) -- Arizona State University police officers responding to a wellness check Sunday night on the university's Polytechnic campus found themselves in a situation to go above and beyond the call of service.
According to ASU police, officers responded to the LDS parking lot for reports of an elderly couple showing signs of confusion. Officers said the couple was okay but were confused about where they were. The couple reportedly thought they were in Pennsylvania. Officers reached out to the couple's hometown police agency in Pennsylvania, the Moon Township Police Department, to get information for the couple's family.
It turns out the couple's adult children had reported them missing to the Phoenix Police Department around 9 a.m. ASU officers coordinated with the couple's oldest son to get the couple a ride to their winter home in Sun City. Unfortunately, police were told the Sun City home didn't have active utilities and couldn't house the couple for the night.
Officers got in touch with the Maricopa County Crisis Services to help. Between working with the couple's family in Pennsylvania and MCCS, ASU PD was able to find somewhere for the couple to stay for the night. As an added safety measure, police say they even stored the couple's rental car at the Poly campus police station until family members could come and get it.
"This is a real good effort on the part of our officers to take care of this couple," ASU Police Commander William Orr said. "They could have easily walked away from the situation, but instead, they ensured the couple was taken care of before moving onto another responsibility."