On Tuesday, David Archuleta's grandmother boarded a bus in Ogden, Utah, at 12:50 p.m.
That was all the Archuleta family knew as they began frantically searching for her, unsure if she was on a bus route to California or Florida.
In an attempt to locate her, David took to Instagram with a description of his grandma and the situation. The post explained that her memory was poor and she might be confused about how long she had been traveling.
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UPDATE- the power of social media! A kind stranger found her on his train so we know where she is headed. Thank you so much everyone for your help! —— This is my grandma! She’s been missing since yesterday. she was last seen boarding a bus in Ogden, UT at 12:50 PM. If anyone sees her or knows information please contact Layton, UT police at 801-497-8300. Her memory keeps leaving her so she might think she’s been traveling for weeks even if it’s been a few hours. She could be going to California or Florida. Thank you for any help! 🙏
Miraculously, it worked. A kind stranger directly messaged Archuleta through Instagram on Wednesday and told him that Archuleta's grandma was on his train in California.
"I'm amazed at the power of social media," Archuleta posted on Instagram. "Thank you @kydavinci_ for giving me and my family huge relief!! My grandma is on the same train he is to California and we’re all keeping a good eye on her. Thank you everyone for your help and for your concern!"
Throughout the process of locating Archuleta's grandma, fans and strangers sent their thoughts and prayers to the entire Archuleta family.
"David, my thoughts and prayers are with your whole family, this beautiful sweet abuelita will be home before you know it. Prayers she is found safe and sound," one person wrote.
Another wrote, "David, I'm praying now for God to please protect her and return her safely and quickly to your family. I can imagine how worried you all are and my heart aches for you. Please, God, return her to them today."