The missing 74-year-old Rotorua woman has been found safe and well.

She returned home shortly after 5.30pm, police said.

Earlier:

Police are searching for an elderly woman missing in Rotorua.

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Carol was last seen at 1pm today in the Fairy Springs Rd and Koutu Corner area.

She doesn't know Rotorua well and may be lost or confused.

She is 74, 1.6m, with short grey hair and was wearing a blue zip up hooded jacket, black turtle neck jersey, blue jeans and distinctive maroon trainers.

Anyone who has seen Carol is urged to contact Rotorua police on (07) 348 0099.

Carol. Photo/Supplied
Carol. Photo/Supplied