Applebee Employees Help an Older Woman who was Reportedly Missing


An elderly woman who’d been reported missing in Louisiana was comforted by Applebee’s employees after she ended up in their restaurant.

Maria Montalvo, 86, was reported missing on Jan. 4 after she was last seen walking away from her home around 5 p.m. said Policing. Authorities issued a Silver Alert to the community asking for assistance in finding the woman. The woman has a medical condition that could impair judgment.

Two hours later, Montalvo walked into a local Applebee’s, speaking little English and asking for water and tacos. Her needs were met by the staff. KSLA reported.

According to the station she didn’t know she was missing. The staff let her stay as long and warm as she desired, keeping her comfortable and safe.

“We let her sit, and all night it was just a group effort of making sure she was comfortable. I think at one point we started to bother her, but we just let her relax, and at a certain point, I told myself I was going to call someone to figure out what was going on,” the Applebee’s manager, Courtenay Lane, told KSLA.

Lane was about the to call the police when police and a search group arrived at 10:30pm.

“Our hats off to Courtenay Lane and our wonderful Bossier City Applebee’s night crew for giving aid when needed!  So thankful for the opportunity to provide care, safety and kindness to this elderly guest who needed help. We are proud to be a part of the Bossier City Neighborhood,”The restaurant posted the following on Facebook Post

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