POLICE are renewing their appeal for public assistance to find an elderly Culburra Beach man, , as part of Missing Persons Week.
Gordon Andrews, now aged 81, left his retirement village on Culburra Road, Culburra Beach, about 3pm on Wednesday, December 12 2012 without notifying anyone.
He was reported missing by staff at dinner time when he couldn’t be found.
He was last seen near the local sewage treatment works around 4pm the day he went missing.
Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command, assisted by PolAir, the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and National Parks and Wildlife Service conducted extensive searches of nearby bushland in the days after his disappearance but found no trace.
There are grave concerns for Mr Andrews’ welfare as he is displaying some signs that may be consistent with Alzheimer’s.
It was thought he might have tried to make his way to an address on Jerrara Road at Bungonia.
Mr Andrews is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 173cm tall with grey/white hair and was last seen wearing a dark blue T-shirt, blue shorts and runners.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Gordon Andrews is urged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crimestoppers online reporting page:https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.
Missing Persons Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons and runs between August 3 and August 9.
In 2014, the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre partnered with Alzheimer's Australia for the theme ‘Dementia and Missing Persons... Learn how to prevent these words appearing in the same sentence’.
In 2013, 11,803 people were reported missing in NSW and 36 people remain missing.
An average of 227 missing person reports are made each week, equating to an average of 32 missing person reports each day. Of those 60 per cent are under 18 and 10 per cent are over 60 years of age.
There are 684 long-term missing persons (missing for more than 12 months), however, 431 of those cases have been finalised at the Coroners Court.