Hal­ton po­lice say case of miss­ing Burling­ton se­nior is still open

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - BURLING­TON —

It’s been more than 13 months since He­len Robert­son went miss­ing, nearly four months since the last solid clue in the case, and Hal­ton po­lice ap­pear no closer to solv­ing the mys­tery of the se­nior’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

The 79-year-old was last seen just be­fore 1 p.m. on July 5, 2016 at her Mill­croft Park Drive home.

“Po­lice have fol­lowed up more than 80 leads and pos­si­ble sight­ings — stretch­ing from Ni­a­gara Falls, the greater Hamil­ton area, Burling­ton, Keswick and Rich­mond Hill,” said Det. Joe Barr of the Burling­ton Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Bureau.

“Our search in­ci­dent and res­cue team (SIRT) has con­ducted ex­ten­sive searches through­out the greater Burling­ton area in ar­eas through­out Mill­croft, Headon For­est, Bronte Creek and ex­ten­sive searches through­out north Burling­ton.”

Barr said the SIRT searches have had help from uni­form pa­trol, in­ves­tiga­tive sup­port mem­bers, the ma­rine and ca­nine units of Hal­ton po­lice, and other po­lice agen­cies.

Robert­son had been suf­fer­ing from Alzheimer’s for about three to four years be­fore her dis­ap­pear­ance. She and hus­band Don, a re­tired doc­tor, have lived in the Mill­croft com­mu­nity for about 17 years.

In April, a wal­let a boy found while fish­ing with his fa­ther at Bronte Creek was de­ter­mined to be Robert­son’s. “Beyond some per­sonal ef­fects of Ms. Robert­son’s found in April, our search, un­for­tu­nately, has yielded no other ev­i­dence,” Barr said.

Robert­son was last seen July 5.

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