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Missing Gaithersburg woman found in police custody

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland woman who was reported missing was found in custody Thursday after a press conference was held to bring attention to her case.

Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Queen, age 69, of Gaithersburg had last been seen on December 29th, and was reported missing on January 9th.

On Thursday, Queen's sister spoke at a press conference, hoping to bring attention to her sister's case.

A correctional officer recognized Queen a someone who had been processed and contacted police.

Further investigation revealed that Queen, a diagnosed schizophrenic was arrested and booked for disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer in Silver Spring on December 30th, just one day after the last time she was seen.

Queen refused to provide a name and was booked as "Jane Smith". Queen was transferred to Springfield hospital to receive treatment for her condition. She was located at the hospital on Thursday evening, police said. It appears that the problem may have been due to the fact that Montgomery County Police only knew the missing woman as Jane Smith.

According to an officer it is not clear whether detectives were using Queen's picture during the search to find her. They may have only been using her name.

Queen remains at the Springfield Hospital where she will be held until her February 6 court date. Police are still looking into how this could have happened.


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