A local resident helped Hamilton police Monday morning when she spotted a missing person on a park bench in the west end.

A woman spotted Karen Golightly, who had been missing since July 17, on a bench in Westdale. She recognized Golightly from media reports and called Hamilton Police Service, police say.

Police confirmed that it was the missing person.

Golightly was missing for a week and a half. Police put out a call for the public's help.