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A Fulton woman for whom law enforcement officers had issued a missing person advisory was found Thursday in Jefferson City, according to Maj. Roger Rice of the Fulton Police Department.

"She is safe. We have called her daughter, and she'll take it from there," Rice said about 2 p.m. Thursday.

Joyce Burks, 64, had been missing since June 15 but was not reported missing until last weekend, said Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers.

"We immediately put out a statewide (police alert)," he said. "We might not put it out (to the public) immediately, depending on the circumstances. The family might not want it out there."

The Fulton Police Department issued an Endangered Person Advisory for Burks on Thursday morning.

Burks went missing from her residence on Westminster Road, a public housing development in Fulton. Earlier Thursday, Myers said they believed she was in Jefferson City.

"We pinged her phone down there," Myers added.

Myers said it's not unusual for families to wait before reporting missing people to law enforcement.

"We had a (person) just last night reported missing by his parents; they hadn't seen him for two weeks," he said. "He was in jail, so we found him pretty fast. It's not uncommon for people to wait."