Images and video courtesy DRPS

86-year old with Alzheimers missing in freezing night is safe

Thanks to the resources available, the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS), was able to deliver another positive outcome for the community when a senior with Alzheimers went missing in a dense rural area of Scugog.

Without these resources, this could have been a tragedy as temperatures were almost freezing and could fall below zero, said the DRPS.

Spokesperson Sgt. Joanne Bortoluss, explained via video (see below)  that on November 11 around 11:50 pm, an 86-year old woman went missing from a large rural property in Scugog.

She had no cell phone, was not dressed for the freezing weather and had no access to a vehicle.

DRPS North Division officers were sent to the property which had surrounding buildings and farmland. As police units began search of the property. some oficers stayed with family to provide comfort.

Immediate mobilization of DRPS resources began with Air 1, police drone and K9 unit, brought into play. The communications team was an important asset, said the spokesperson.

However, the initial ground search proved unsuccessful. Fears arose as temperature could fall below zero.

At 1:33 am Air 1 located the female kneeling on the ground and directed officers to her. She was found safe and was provided medical assistence.

Good news is that despite the freezing temperatures, the senior is expected to make full recovery.

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