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4 vulnerable adults reported missing found safe in Tacoma

The six individuals went missing Monday after one caregiver expressed safety concerns for herself and those housed at the adult family home in Spanaway.
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The caregivers and the four vulnerable adults were found at a Tacoma hotel after alerting DSHS to their location.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) found four vulnerable individuals and their two caregivers at a Tacoma hotel Wednesday after they had gone missing Monday. 

The caregivers were initially arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and criminal mistreatment, but they will not be charged by the Pierce County Prosecutor's office. 

According to PCSD, the four vulnerable adults had last been seen Monday just before 3 p.m. at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) office in Tacoma. The missing adults were seen in a vehicle with the two caregivers from their Spanaway adult family home.

They were located Wednesday after one of the caregivers emailed DSHS saying that they were at the hotel, PCSD said. 

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One caregiver claimed she feared for her patients' safety which is what led the group to leave the adult family home, according to PCSD. Previously, during a group visit to DSHS on Monday, one of the caregivers expressed concerns about her safety and the safety of the vulnerable clients at the home.

The four adults are doing well and are now back in the custody of DSHS, according to PCSD.