Body of Missing Arlington Grandmother Found

77-year-old with Alzheimer's disease wandered out of home on Dec. 18

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    Arlington police discovered the body of a 77-year-old grandmother with Alzheimer's disease who was missing since Dec. 18 after she wandered out of her house. (Published Friday, Jan 4, 2013)

    Arlington police say they have found the body of a 77-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared last month.

    Maria Arrocha wandered out of her Arbor Lane home at New York Avenue and Park Row Lane on Dec. 18.

    Search Continues for Maria Arrocha

    [DFW] Search Continues for Maria Arrocha
    The Arrocha family's Christmas was a little less bright this year. They're still searching for 77-year-old Maria Arrocha, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. She's been missing since Dec. 18. (Published Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012)

    Arlington police found her body in a wooded area near 1500 E. Abram St. on Thursday afternoon. The Tarrant County medical examiner positively identified the woman as Arrocha on Friday.

    Her death was determined to be caused by exposure to the elements.

    Concerns Grows for Missing Arlington Woman

    [DFW] Concerns Grows for Missing Arlington Woman
    77-year-old Maria Arrocha suffers from Alzheimer's and she's been missing since Tuesday, her family is concerned for her safety especially with the temperatures falling at night. (Published Thursday, Dec 20, 2012)

    Martin Arrocha, her son, said he had mixed emotions, saying he was "a little bit angry because we couldn't find her in time, relief because we know she's in a better place today."

    Police officers were working closely with volunteer group Search One Rescue Team, which uses K-9s, as part of an ongoing effort to find Maria Arrocha when her body was discovered.

    Her family had been searching for Arrocha since her disappearance. They passed out fliers in both English and Spanish throughout North Texas and spent Christmas looking for her.

    NBC 5's Mola Lenghi and Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.