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Missing Torbay woman may be 'curled up'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Police are continuing to search for 73-year-old Pat Wearn who left her home in Torbay for a walk on Monday, and have grave concerns for her well-being.</span> © NZ Police Police are continuing to search for 73-year-old Pat Wearn who left her home in Torbay for a walk on Monday, and have grave concerns for her well-being. A North Shore woman missing for four days is likely to be very dehydrated and more confused and disoriented than usual, police say.

Patricia Wearn, known as Pat, left her Torbay home for a regular walk around midday on Monday after shopping with her husband.

"She may be critically unwell and we are extremely concerned for her wellbeing," search and rescue medic Sara Gordon said in a statement on Friday.

The 73-year-old may be curled up and hidden from view, and may not respond to voice or her name.

Police are urging locals to check their sheds, garages, and places where she could have gone to seek shelter or rest.

Mrs Wearn, who has Alzheimer's, takes a regular route along Caversham Drive to Lingham Crescent, Glamorgan Dr, Kate Sheppard Avenue and back to Caversham Dr.

Police and volunteers are scaling the bush areas around Torbay.

On Thursday night, police received a report of a woman of a similar description in the Torbay area, but that lead was unsucessful.

Members of the public have flooded the Browns Bay police station with offers to help.

Mrs Wearn was last seen wearing blue three-quarter length trousers and a patterned top.

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