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Missing grandfather, 65, with dementia spotted trying to hitch a ride on a highway

Western Australia Police have ramped up their frantic search for a grandfather with dementia, who has now been missing for 48 hours.

Ian Collett, 65, hasn’t been seen by his worried family since he left his Canning Vale home in Perth’s south at around 12.15pm on Saturday to go for a walk.

He was spotted several hours later more than 20 kilometres away on Soldiers Road in Byford in Perth’s southeast at 3.30pm.

 

Western Australia Police hold grave concerns for grandfather Ian Collett, 65, who has not been seen since Saturday afternoon

This dashcam footage of Ian Collett trying to hitch a ride is the last confirmed sighting of him

This dashcam footage of Ian Collett trying to hitch a ride is the last confirmed sighting of him

A motorist gave him a lift to a 7-11 service station on Abernethy Road, where he was captured on CCTV drinking from a McDonald’s cup and wearing a jacket not believed to be his, Seven News reports.

Witnesses told police they saw him an hour later walking on Hopkinson Road in Oakford before Thomas Road. 

Seven News obtained dashcam footage showing Mr Collett trying to hitch a ride on Thomas Road at around 4.34pm.

It’s his last confirmed sighting.

A motorist gave Ian Collett (pictured) a lift to a 7-11 service station on Abernethy Road on Saturday morning, where he was captured on CCTV drinking from a McDonald’s cup and wearing a jacket not believed to be his

A motorist gave Ian Collett (pictured) a lift to a 7-11 service station on Abernethy Road on Saturday morning, where he was captured on CCTV drinking from a McDonald’s cup and wearing a jacket not believed to be his

The temperature plummeted to five degrees in the area on Sunday morning and 6.7 degrees that night.

On Monday, Western Australian Police posted on its Facebook page that it had information to believe Mr Collett may be in Bedfordale, a semi-rural suburb in Perth’s southeast.

‘Police would like all residents in the area to check their properties for him,’ the Facebook post states.

‘SES volunteers will join police, including mounted officers, to search for Mr Collett in the Byford/Armadale areas today.’

Ian Collett's distraught family spoke to the media on Sunday

Ian Collett’s distraught family spoke to the media on Sunday

Mr Collett’s distraught wife Deborah has been part of the desperate search.

‘I assumed he’s gone for a walk, got disoriented, I don’t know,’ she told media on Sunday.

Mrs Collett said he is a fit man who walks two or three times a day but fears his feet will be very sore and said he struggles to express pain. 

Mr Collett is described as fair skinned, slim build, 176cm tall with grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket and black tracksuit pants, and wears a Dementia medical bracelet.

Anyone who sees Mr Collett is urged to call police on 131 444.

On Monday, SES volunteers and police continued the frantic search for Ian Collett

On Monday, SES volunteers and police continued the frantic search for Ian Collett



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