Miss­ing man found safe, well

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

An el­derly man re­ported miss­ing af­ter he failed to re­turn home from a walk was found safe last Thurs­day morn­ing.

Werner Pi­etsch, 78, had not been seen since he was re­ported miss­ing from Chilcott Street, Cal­ista on Wed­nes­day, May 1.

The search for Mr Pi­etsch, who has de­men­tia, ended at about 10.30am on Thurs­day morn­ing when he was lo­cated safe and well by SES vol­un­teers near shrub­bery on Wel­lard Road, about 1.5km from where he went miss­ing.

About 50 SES vol­un­teers from across Perth, and 22 po­lice were in­volved in the search.

Mr Pi­etsch’s son Kevin thanked search crews and said he was re­lieved to be re­united with his fa­ther.

“I can’t give words to de­scribe how re­lieved I am,” he said. “He’s got a few cuts and grazes so he’s prob­a­bly taken a tum­ble some­where . . . but he doesn’t seem to be oth­er­wise af­fected.

“My mum’s pretty shaken up, prob­a­bly more so than dad ac­tu­ally, be­cause any­body that’s had any deal­ings with a per­son who has de­men­tia re­alises that they don’t ac­tu­ally un­der­stand or know what trou­ble they’ve caused.

“He was sit­ting there in the car qui­etly en­joy­ing a ham toastie and say­ing ‘oh, what’s go­ing on?’, so he’s quite OK.”

“But you’re not go­ing to stop events like this and it’s one of those things fam­i­lies of peo­ple with de­men­tia live with. Thank­fully it doesn’t hap­pen that of­ten, some­times we have in­stances like this and thank­fully we have a great sys­tem in place to help out.”

Po­lice In­spec­tor Glenn Spencer said it was im­por­tant for fam­i­lies to have plans in place when deal­ing with de­men­tia and to also have cur­rent pho­to­graphs on hand.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Miss­ing Cal­ista man Werner Pi­etsch was lo­cated safe and well.

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