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Pat Wearn search continues for sixth day

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/01/2017
Pat Wearn, 73 , who has Alzheimer's, went for a walk on Monday afternoon and alarms were raised when she didn't return home © NZ Police Pat Wearn, 73 , who has Alzheimer's, went for a walk on Monday afternoon and alarms were raised when she didn't return home

Door knocks and bush searches have continued into a sixth day for missing North Shore woman Pat Wearn.

The 73-year-old, who has Alzheimers, left her Torbay home for a regular walk about midday on Monday after shopping with her husband.

Experts say she's likely to be dehydrated and more confused and disoriented than usual.

About 60 people are continuing to doorknock suburbs around her home, while police search and rescue and LandSAR volunteers are continuing to search dense bushland and reserve areas.

Police have repeated their calls for residents to assist by checking sheds and outbuildings, even if they've already looked.

"I know we keep saying this but it is so important for anyone who hasn't checked their backyard each day to please do so," Inspector Sunny Patel said on Saturday.

"Pat may have sought shelter and if you checked your property on Tuesday,she could have tried to find somewhere to lie down on Wednesday morning, and be laying somewhere that hasn't been checked in a few days."

Volunteers have travelled from Auckland, Waikato, Thames and Pauanui to join the search, while the Police National Dive Squad travelled from Wellington but searched ponds and waterways without success.

Police have thanked kind-hearted members of the public who dropped off baked goods and water to those involved in the search, and business owners putting flyers in their windows.

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