Police are appealing to anyone travelling to the Inverloch area
over the weekend to keep an eye out for missing 81-year-old woman, Patricia
Police hold serious concerns for Patricia, who has dementia and
was last seen in the vicinity of Screw Creek, east of Inverloch, about 5.23pm
last Wednesday, March 17.
Local police are expecting a significant amount of Victorians
will return to their holiday houses over the weekend and are urging them to
check their homes, yards and sheds.
Police are also keen for holiday makers to keep an eye out on
bush walking tracks and beach access tracks.
“Local uniform members, Police Air Wing, Mounted Branch and
Search and Rescue have this week been assisted by SES, Parks Victoria, CFA and
Bush Search and Rescue who have thoroughly searched the Inverloch area since
Patricia went missing,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
Police have focused their search on the township of Inverloch,
including Screw Creek, the foreshore and surrounding rural properties, and will
continue to scour the area in the hope of locating Patricia.
“Patricia, who is physically fit for her age, is familiar with
the area and it is not unusual for her to do extended local bush walks,” police
Patricia is described as being about 168cm tall, with a slim
build and shoulder-length white hair.
She was possibly wearing blue jeans and runners.
Investigators are also re-appealing to the local community to
check their CCTV and dashcam footage for any sign of Patricia.
Anyone who sees Patricia is urged to contact Triple Zero (000).
Anyone with information about Patricia’s whereabouts is urged to
contact Wonthaggi Police Station on 03 5671 4100 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333
Family plea for help from holiday-makers to locate missing 81-year-old Patricia
A specific group of people are now crucial in the hunt for an 81-year-old woman
who has been missing since last Wednesday.
Authorities have pleaded with holiday-makers to be on the lookout for a missing
81-year-old Victorian woman not seen for more than week.
Patricia Backhurst was last seen at her home last week in Inverloch, a
seaside town southeast of Melbourne in west Gippsland, on the afternoon of
Both family and authorities have revealed “concerns for her welfare” as she
has Dementia, with a renewed plea launched on Thursday for help after an
expansive search operation was unable to locate the woman.
A search and rescue operation with the assistance of various agencies,
including State Emergency Service volunteers, Parks Victoria and Bush Search
and Rescue has been scouring the area, with police hoping weekend
holiday-makers may be able to help.
Those visiting the seaside community over the weekend have been told to keep an
eye out for the 81-year-old on bushwalking tracks and beach access paths.
“Police have focused their search on the township of Inverloch, including Screw
Creek, the foreshore and surrounding rural properties, and will continue to
scour the area in the hope of locating Patricia,” police said on Thursday.
“Patricia, who is physically fit for her age, is familiar with the area and it
is not unusual for her to do extended local bush walks.”
The woman is described as being about 168cm tall, with a slim build and
shoulder-length white hair.
Patricia Backhurst: Hundreds of volunteers search for Inverloch woman
As the search for a missing elderly woman continues in Inverloch, there is a
vital way holiday-makers and locals can help with the rescue.
Police are urging for people travelling to Inverloch over the weekend to
keep an eye out for an elderly woman who has been missing for more than a
Patricia Backhurst was last seen in the vicinity of Screw Creek around 5.23pm
last Wednesday March 17.
Police and family have concerns for the 81-year-old’s welfare as she has
Senior Sergeant Brad Steer told The Bass Coast News police believe Ms Backhurst
is “disoriented” in Inverloch bushland.
Sen-Sgt Steer said there had been no confirmed sightings of the elderly woman
since her disappearance, which has triggered an extensive search from local
police, police air wing, the mounted branch, search and rescue, SES, Parks
Victoria and Bush Search and Rescue.
Local police have urged people returning to their holiday homes to check their
yards, sheds, beach access tracks and the walking trails between their
Bass Coast residents have also joined the push with Facebook groups detailing
locations where locals have searched.
Inverloch businesses have displayed posters of Ms Backhurst’s photo in their
shop front windows.
Ms Backhurst’s step daughter Karen Wallace urged the public to continue to
search for her stepmother.
“We are appealing for anyone and everyone to be out there searching for my
stepmother,” Ms Wallace said.
“We appreciate all the help that is occurring but we really need to find her …
it’s getting very worrying.”
Investigators have also asked the local community to check their CCTV and
dashcam footage for any sign of Ms Backhurst.
She is described as being about 168cm tall, with a slim build and shoulder
length white hair.
She was possibly wearing blue jeans and runners the day she went missing.