The Random Acts of Kindness, connected with helping to find Joan Coombes, continue to grow. This is such an amazing story that I decided to send out an update.
Charlie Denes at the Duvall Family Grocer was Joan’s checker, the night she disappeared. Charlie discovered she was the last person to see Joan when the police came in to check her sales receipts, trying to establish the exact time Joan disappeared. Charlie couldn’t sleep, knowing that Joan was missing. She had an overwhelming feeling that she needed to try and help find Joan. She got up at 2:00 A.M. and went to search for her. She ended up on the exact road where Joan was eventually found. As the road narrowed and became very overgrown, Charlie decided to turn around. Charlie was by herself and concerned she might get stuck. She had been in such a hurry to go such for Joan; she hadn’t even grabbed a flashlight. Had she continued, she would have found Joan’s car. After Charlie turned around, she drove to the police station and got a description of Joan’s car and the license plate number. She then drove into work to send out an email with the information. Diane, a friend of Charlie’s, received the email and then proceeded to send the email out to all of her neighbors. That is when John, Diane’s neighbor, received the email and took off on his motorcycle to search for Joan. A short time later, he had located Joan’s car and then later, her shoe. Because John found her car and shoe, King County Search and Rescue knew exactly where to look for Joan. As you know, she was found alive, a couple of hours later. It still amazes me how one single Act of Kindness, started a series of kind acts that in this case, saved Joan’s life. (If you would like to stop by and thank Charlie or even give her a hug, she would love it. She has worked at Family Grocer for the past 13 years.) I don’t know John or Diane’s last names but whoever you are, THANK YOU!!!!)
I talked with Joan’s husband Russ this morning. Joan is out of the hospital and is in a care facility in Kirkland. She is holding her own and John anticipates that she will be released to come home soon. She may only be home for a short while, depending on the long term care she needs. It appears that they may need some financial support in the near future. If so, an account will be set up for Russ and Joan, in Duvall where local residents can donate.