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Australia Dementia patient found after spending lonely night outside retirement home

11:45  23 november  2019
11:45  23 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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An elderly woman has spent a lonely night alone after going missing from her high-care retirement home.

Julia Wood, 74, suffers from Dementia and went missing from her care home at Point Vernon in Hervey Bay around 4pm yesterday.

An enormous search effort was launched, including aerial support from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter combing local waterways.

a man looking at the camera: Julia Wood, 74, suffers from Dementia.© 9News Julia Wood, 74, suffers from Dementia. a group of men riding on the back of a truck: The woman was found just before lunch today, and taken to hospital for assessment.© 9News The woman was found just before lunch today, and taken to hospital for assessment.

Locals spent all night on foot searching bushland and roadways for any sign of the 74-year-old.

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"Pretty much everyone we spoke to along the foreshore and along the esplanade were all aware of it and were out there on their own free will having a look for her," said Lindsay Judson from Queensland Police.

After a long night Ms Wood was located safe and well just before lunch today.

a helicopter flying in the air: Helicopters combed the air for any clue as to the 74-year-old's whereabouts.© 9News Helicopters combed the air for any clue as to the 74-year-old's whereabouts. a man wearing a uniform: Lindsay Judson from Queensland Police said the local community provided enormous help.© 9News Lindsay Judson from Queensland Police said the local community provided enormous help.

"She appears to be suffering from the effects of dehydration but that's all," said Mr Judson.

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