Search continues as serious concerns held for missing man at Heathcote

Police and other emergency services are conducting land and air searches in Sydney’s south as serious concerns are held for man missing from Heathcote.

Peter Elwin, aged 76, was last seen at an aged care home on The Avenue about 11am yesterday (Friday 13 May 2022). Police were alerted when he failed to return, and he could not be located or contacted.

Significant concerns are held for Peter’s welfare as he lives with dementia and has medical conditions that require regular medication.

Officers from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, PolAir and the Dog Unit have been conducting searches in Heathcote today, focusing on both residential areas and the Royal National Park.

Police have been joined by the SES, RFS and National Parks and Wildlife.

Inspector Gary Ford, Sutherland Shire Police Area Command duty officer, is urging residents to keep a look out for Peter as the search continues.

“We are extremely concerned for Peter’s welfare given he has been missing for more than 24 hours and as he lives with dementia, he could be confused and not know how to get home,” Inspector Ford said. “He also requires regular medication, and, without it, he could get quite sick.”

“Our searches today have concentrated on Heathcote East as well as the nearby national park. I would urge everyone to keep a look out for him but also for local residents to check their yards and properties.”

Peter is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 150cm to 155cm tall, of medium build, with grey hair and blue eyes.

Peter was last seen wearing black trousers, a white short sleeved collared top with black dots, black shoes and a dark coloured cap.

Anyone who sees Peter or has information that may assist is urged to contact police.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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