By Nick Sinis
THE search for missing Inverloch woman Patricia ‘Trish’ Backhurst has yielded no results so far as local police continue to urge anyone with information to come forward.
The 81-year-old woman has been missing since March 18, and there are serious concerns about her whereabouts and health.
Police initiated major search efforts during March, which involved the police airwing and SES helicopter, other emergency services and many volunteers.
Police had previously said the woman was last known to be at her home and frequently walks around town but suffers from dementia and may have become disorientated.
Detective Senior Constable Paul Burns said while the public had continued to supply police with information, the investigation hadn’t progressed.
“We’re not treating it as suspicious but we’re still looking for her,” Det Snr Const Burns said.
“There has been a lot of information, especially during the early stages, from members of the public.
“We’ve chased all that and it has been helpful, but obviously, it hasn’t helped locate her.”
Det Snr Const Burns said police were in regular contact with the missing woman’s family, who continue to be deeply concerned.
“We’re keeping them updated with every step of how we’re going,” he said.
“The search area is Inverloch and immediate surrounds, and if we’ve got reason to search further or in a certain area, then we will concentrate there.”
Patricia was described as having a thin build and shoulder-length grey hair and, when last seen, was believed to be wearing blue jeans and white coloured shoes.
Rural property owners in Inverloch had also been urged to check their properties and outbuildings for any signs of the missing woman.
Anyone with information should contact Wonthaggi Police Station on 5671 4100 or make a report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au.