Barbara Kasler

Shelby Township Police

Reporter Finds Missing Woman While Out Covering Story

January 09, 2019 - 10:57 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

While out covering a story about a missing woman with dementia, a reporter found the 89-year-old hours after she had wandered away from her suburban Detroit home in sub-freezing temperatures.

Police had issued a missing person alert for Barbara Kasler around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Just hours later, Mike Campbell -- a reporter for our sister station WWJ Newsradio 950, spotted her walking outside blocks away from her home, wearing pajamas and slippers.

He invited her into his news car, where he cranked up the heat and waited for police to arrive.

Kasler told Campbell she went out walking, but became lost, WWJ reported.

"I am OK, just cold," she told Campbell. "I'm not mad at anybody, I just wanted to do something different."

She was taken to a hospital for observation.

Shelby Township Police commended Campbell, tweeting, "Welcome to Team Shelby, Mike! We owe you lunch!"

This is second time in less than a week that Campbell assisted police. Last Thursday, Campbell helped authorities catch a robbery suspect who was apparently trying to loot a fire-damaged business.

Last year, Campbell's news car was attacked while he was out covering a story about a fatal pedestrian crash.