79-year old miss­ing for three weeks

Po­lice check­ing neigh­bour­hood se­cu­rity cam­eras in search for He­len Robert­son

The Hamilton Spectator - - LO­CAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

— Hal­ton Po­lice are search­ing video record­ings from neigh­bour­hoods and side streets for clues to what hap­pened to He­len Robert­son, a 79-year old Burling­ton wo­man with Alzheimer’s who has been miss­ing three weeks.

The ini­tial in­ten­sive search with ca­nine and marine units and a he­li­copter af­ter she wan­dered off has ended, but po­lice en­cour­age tips from the pub­lic and have dis­trib­uted her pic­ture to other po­lice ser­vices.

“We never stop look­ing,” Hal­ton De­tec­tive Joe Barr said Mon­day, adding that the video search will ex­plore places Robert­son would not typ­i­cally go, since they have al­ready searched ar­eas where she has wan­dered be­fore. She was last seen on Tues­day, July 5 at her home on Mill­croft Park Drive in north­east Burling­ton. She has wan­dered off eight times be­fore, in­clud­ing in Fe­bru­ary when she left a fit­ness club and was found 25 km away in Mis­sis­sauga.

It was hot on July 5: the hu­midex hit 36 C and that heat con­tin­ued the next three days. “He­len is an ex­tremely fit wo­man, known to ex­er­cise ex­ten­sively and walk a lot,” Barr said, but he has no idea how far she could have gone.

As far as the prospect of ab­duc­tion, or some­one tak­ing Robert­son into their home for some rea­son, Barr said they are not rul­ing any­thing out but have no in­for­ma­tion sug­gest­ing those sce­nar­ios.

Hal­ton Po­lice lists 15 miss­ing per­sons cases on their web­site. Un­til Robert­son, the most re­cent had been 50-year old Ja­nis Ozol­lapa in Septem­ber 2014. He was last seen at his work­place in Oakville. But the cases go back to April 1967, when 10-year old Mar­i­anne Schuett was be­lieved ab­ducted dur­ing a short walk home from Kil­bride Pub­lic School in north Burling­ton.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice at 905-825-4747 ext. 2305.

He­len Robert­son was last seen July 5.

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