Missing man found safe, well
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.
Missing Calista man Werner Pietsch was located safe and well.