79-year old missing for three weeks
Police checking neighbourhood security cameras in search for Helen Robertson
— 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.