Less than an hour after York Regional Police received a call concerning a vulnerable 89-year-old woman missing on her daughter’s 150-acre farm in Whitchurch-Stouffville, the woman was found in good health.
The woman was staying at her daughter’s home at Warden Avenue south of Stouffville Road because of COVID-19. She was unfamiliar with the area, not dressed for the cold and had already been missing more than an hour when police were called on Tuesday, April 14 just after 3 p.m.
Frontline officers, along with officers from the canine unit and Air2, began searching the property immediately. Shortly before 4 p.m., officers in Air2 spotted the missing woman next to a wooded area on the property and guided canine officers to her location.
Police have released video from the incident at https://youtu.be/OZYOiD_PYO4 and are reminding residents about Project Lifesaver, a program designed to help them protect and locate people who are vulnerable as a result of a brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, autism or other mental health challenges if they become lost.
Participants wear a radio transmitter bracelet that continuously emits a unique frequency. When caregivers notify police their loved one is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the area where the person was last seen and uses a specialized mobile-location tracking system.
Visit https://www.yrp.ca/en/community/project-lifesaver.asp for more information on both Project Lifesaver and the Vulnerable Person Registry, which provides police services with an individual’s physical description, known routines and special needs.
Pictured is a screen capture of police video of a missing vulnerable woman being located.