Family still hopeful
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.