A San Luis Obispo bus driver is being praised for identifying and helping local authorities find a missing elderly woman.
The incident marks the second time this year a bus driver has assisted authorities in locating a missing person.
On Tuesday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a report of an 84-year-old missing Cambria woman who had been separated from her group while at the Madonna Plaza. Officers contacted the SLO Transit dispatcher to put out an all-call message for drivers to be on the alert.
Before the dispatcher was able to get out the message, however, driver Jonathan Ellis radioed in his concern for an elderly woman on his bus who appeared disoriented, according to a city press release.
When Ellis provided the woman's description to authorities, they were able to intercept the bus and bring the woman to safety.
The unidentified woman had been with a group of senior citizens for an afternoon shopping excursion. She was identified, two hours later, at Cal Poly by Ellis.
SLO Transit transports more than 1.1 million riders annually on its fleet of 16 vehicles. Operations are contracted out and are currently provided by Cincinnati-based First Transit Inc.