Missing elderly woman found safe and sound

Cowichan Search and Rescue is praising the actions of a member of the public who helped locate an

Cowichan Search and Rescue is praising the actions of a member of the public who helped locate an elderly woman who went missing last week.

On March 31, Cowichan Search and Rescue responded to a report of an 86-year-old woman who had wandered away from a lakeside campground in Caycuse around 8 p.m., while her husband was fishing. The missing woman has dementia.

Trackers combed the area overnight. It was not until the next day, at approximately 9:30 a.m., that a passing motorist spotted the woman on the roadside about three kilometres north of the Caycuse campsite. The motorist alerted search and rescue members and brought them to the woman.

“She was in very good condition,” said Shauneen Nichols, a manager with Cowichan Search and Rescue. The woman was dehydrated, muddy and had scratches on one foot because she had lost her shoe, but otherwise she had no injuries.

Nichols said factors such as the dementia, the woman’s age and because it had been quite cold the night she was missing, had given the case a high urgency rating.

“It’s a myth that we have to wait 24 hours. Given the urgency we’re on it right away. We were travelling through your town at approximately 10:30 that night,” said Nichols.

“If you suspect someone is lost or missing, call the RCMP right away,” she said. “We would rather get started and have to stop than have to wait until it’s dark or it’s rained or feet have trampled all over the footprints of the missing person.”

Just Posted

Environment Canada says snow in the forecast for Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for flurries and cold air throughout the next week

North Cowichan raising some water and sewer rates in 2018

Crofton, Chemainus and the south end will see increases

Proposed public art installation sparks debate in Victoria

$250,000 sculpture complements an interactive sound element of First Nations drumming and singing

VIDEO: All aboard the Christmas train at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

The Christmas Train at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan is… Continue reading

Cowichan Coffee Time: Donations and fundraising success

• Treasurer Cyndy Dinter of the Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital recently… Continue reading

Body found in vehicle outside church in Lantzville

A woman was found dead in a vehicle in the 7100 block of Lantzville Road on Sunday

UPDATE: Grizzly bear trophy hunting over in B.C.

Now only Indigenous people can hunt bears for meat

Star Blue Jays announced for Vancouver ‘Winter Tour’ event in January

Toronto’s pro baseball team heads west for two-day event

Mental effects of wildfire still linger in Fort McMurray

‘Resilient, but tired:’ Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

Calgary Flames thump Vancouver Canucks 6-1

Mark Giordano, Sam Bennett lead the way as Flames thump Canucks 6-1

Most Read