The family of a senior with dementia who went missing from his family home in North Delta on Friday, is asking for the public’s help in locating him.
Jarnail Sanghera, 88, was seen at 9:17 am on Friday, May 15, walking past a bus stop on 112 Avenue past 88 Avenue.
Since then, there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings of Sanghera, according to his grandson, Rajpal Fagurha.
“He was just going to go for a walk. He just woke up very early and left the house,” Fagurha told Daily Hive. “It’s just one of those things, where you expect somebody to just come back home.”
He says that using social media, the family has assembled a search party, which as of Wednesday, has grown to about 300 volunteers, who have been searching for the missing senior for the last few days.
“The volunteers have come out and have been trying to help us search for our grandfather. It’s happening all day, all night, for the last few days,” said Fagurha.
“Through our Facebook page, people have been joining, and we’re essentially trying to build our own search and rescue team.”
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Sanghera may be wearing a light sky blue turban, a was last seen wearing a jacket, and “unique dark grey track pants,” with a white stripe down the side that goes to about his knee.
“It’s been five days, if his beard is untied it would be long and thin, to the top of his chest.”
“He was very independent. He could be in a shopping centre, he could be in Superstore near Nordel, or he could be at a Sikh temple — any one of them at this point, but he frequently visited the Brookside Sikh temple. Those were the two places he liked going,” added Fagurha.
Sanghera only had cash with at the time he was last seen, and Fagurha added that his grandfather was capable of going to buy himself food and water if needed.
“It might not be someone who looks like they’re lost, but at this point it’s very likely he might look like that by now,” he said.
“If someone looks like they’re in distressed, or they’re confused — he has dementia, so if somebody does see him, take a picture and send it into the tips line.”
The family is asking anyone with information to continue to send in tips or images, and to continue to keep their eyes out in the community.
“It’s been difficult not knowing where he is. We haven’t been sleeping — not yet. It’s hard to,” said Fagurha.
“We need everyone’s help as much as possible.”
If you believe you have seen Mr. Sanghera or have information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the Delta Police Department at 604-946-4411.
Police also encourage social media users to continue to share his picture and description.