RCMP are continuing to look for a missing senior woman in Penticton, and while offers for help from the public are acknowledged and appreciated, the public is not advised to get involved in a ground search at this time.
Doreen Abbott, 89, failed to arrive at a friend's house as expected on Jan. 27. She has early onset dementia and rarely deviates from her normal routine.
Police became involved, and on Jan. 28, Abbott's 1993 Subaru Legacy with BC licence plate MXH 063 was located on Greyback Mountain Road.
She was not found in the vehicle or nearby, and it appeared the vehicle may have gotten stuck in the snow.
"An extensive search of the area where her vehicle was located has continued over the past three days, carried out by both the RCMP and Search and Rescue. Unfortunately, Doreen has yet to be located. We’re working closely with Search and Rescue to continue our search," said Cst. James Grandy.
“We’re reaching out to the public, specifically residents of Upper and Lower Bench Roads, Naramata Road, and other surrounding neighbourhoods of where her vehicle was found. We’re asking those residents who may have either dash-cam or home surveillance to check to see if they happened to capture Abbott’s vehicle on Jan. 27, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.”
The RCMP acknowledge the public's support, especially those wanting to find Abbott. But the best way to help is keeping an eye peeled, not getting involved with the many professionals searching for her.
"Numerous resources, including Air Services, Police Dog Services, along with Search and Rescue crews are actively continuing a systematic and thorough search of the area. Due to the immediate area consisting of hazardous terrain, and with the weather turning very cold, it’s not advisable for the general public to conduct their own search,” said Grandy.
Doreen Abbott is described as 89 years-old, five-foot-three, 120 pounds with a thin build. She wears glasses and normally walks with a cane.
RCMP have provided an updated description of what Abbott is believed to have been wearing when she disappeared:
- A dark green/blue ¾ length wool coat;
- Dark green/turquoise sweatpants;
- Black slip on shoes
Anyone with information is asked to call Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300.