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WOONSOCKET -- Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office located a mother and son Monday afternoon after they had been reported missing since Sunday.

Sheila Willman, 77, and her son, Brian Beem, 53, of Woonsocket, were found safe at a friend’s home. The sheriff’s office sent a news release Monday afternoon asking for information about their whereabouts.

Before she was located on Monday, Willman was last seen at around 7 p.m. Sunday walking around the town’s Lake Prior. Beem was last seen walking in Wessington Springs after being discharged from the hospital, according to Sanborn County Chief Deputy Jason Coenen.

Beem lived with his mother and her husband, James, who is Beem’s stepfather. After Beem left the hospital in Wessington Springs, he did not return home.

The two disappeared without telling anyone where they were going and family members contacted the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office, Coenen said.

Willman does not drive, and Beem does, but Beem’s vehicle was still parked in Woonsocket on Monday. When Beem went to the hospital in Wessington Springs, he was taken by ambulance, Coenen said. Beem was last seen around 1 p.m. Sunday.

“There has been some family issues going on this past week,” Coenen said earlier Monday before Willman and Beem were found. “Brian has a protection order against him from James. That may be the reason this is happening right now.”

This case is not tied to the disappearance of Rachel Cyriacks, a 30-year-old woman who went missing from Woonsocket late last year, Coenen said. But law enforcement is asking anyone who has abandoned buildings on their land to check them, and if they find anything suspicious or have questions, contact the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office at 605-796-4511.