Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Mumbai cops trace flyer with Alzheimer’s in 1 hour

Mumbai: Sahar police took less than a hour to trace an elderly woman who went missing outside the city’s international airport, with the help of its internal WhatsApp group. They tracked her down to Sakinaka junction, 4km from the airport.

Vasundhara Sadawarte (75), who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, had wandered away while her husband Ashok was loading their luggage into a taxi to travel to their Pune home on Sunday evening. She was reunited with her husband and nephew Kshitish Vaidya by 5.15pm, after which they left for Pune.

The incident occurred around 4.15pm, minutes after the couple that had flown in from Australia walked out of the airport. Ashok called the police control room and alerted them that his wife had gone missing. Meanwhile, his son-in-law called Sahar police station and shared his mother-in-law’s photo.

“Sub-inspector Ramchandra Yamgar who was the duty officer at that time circulated the senior citizen’s photo to all our staffs mobile, beat marshalls, patrolling team and them to trace her,” Sahar police senior inspector Shashikant Mane. The team and constables Bhimrao Ingale and Nilesh Chawan found her. Vaidya tweeted a thank you note to Mumbai police.

15/12/20 Narayan Namboodiri/Times of India

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