Fam­ily still hope­ful

Comment News (Armadale) - - Comment -

THE fam­ily of miss­ing Can­ning Vale man Ian Col­lett have re­fused to give up hope, de­spite po­lice call­ing off their search.

Po­lice called off the search for Mr Col­lett on Fri­day, af­ter al­most a week of search­ing.

Mr Col­lett left his home on Tem­ple­to­nia Re­treat just af­ter mid­day on Satur­day, May 19 and never re­turned.

He was spot­ted at a con­ve­nience store on Aber­nethy Road in By­ford about 3.50pm on the same day and at the Al­bany Highway and South Western Highway in­ter­sec­tion in Armadale about 5.35pm later that day.

At dead­line, the last con­firmed sight­ing of Mr Col­lett was about mid­night on May 19 on Al­bany Highway be­tween Coglan Road and Jar­rah­dale Road in Mount Cooke.

In a state­ment, Mr Col­lett’s fam­ily said they had not given up hope of find­ing him and were thank­ful for the sup­port they’d re­ceived so far.

“We are im­mensely grate­ful for all the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the po­lice, State Emer­gency Ser­vices, vol­un­teers and the com­mu­nity who have given up their time and have been search­ing tire­lessly to bring Ian home,” they said.

“We are plead­ing for those who live near Al­bany Highway in the Ashen­don and Mount Cooke ar­eas to search their prop­er­ties and sheds thor­oughly just in case Ian was seek­ing shel­ter.

“Re­gard­less of the out­come, we wish to thank ev­ery­one for the sup­port and com­pas­sion that has been shown. The out­pour­ing of love has been a com­fort dur­ing this stress­ful or­deal.”

The fam­ily be­lieves it is pos­si­ble Mr Col­lett hitched a ride down to Al­bany or Mount Barker, ar­eas he has con­nec­tions to.

He was wear­ing a med­i­cal alert bracelet with ‘de­men­tia’ on it, along with phone num­ber.

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