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Elderly Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Missing in Oakville


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Elderly Man with Alzheimer’s Disease Missing in Oakville

A senior with Alzheimer’s disease is missing and Halton police are combing Oakville – using Project Lifesaver – in the hopes of locating him.

Leonard Coombs, 87, of Oakville, was last seen at 11 a.m. on Monday near Dundas St. and Third Line.

He stands 5-foot-6 and has white hair. Coombs was wearing jeans, a blue and white buttoned shirt, and black Nike running shoes.

People using Project Lifesaver, coordinated by police, wear a small bracelet with a transmitter which sends out a radio tracking signal 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

If caregivers notify police about the missing person, a specially trained emergency response team will use mobile tracking equipment to find them. 

Using the technology, it takes an average of 30 minutes to find a missing person.

The program is typically used for people with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, down syndrome, acquired brain injury, and other kinds of cognitive impairment.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Halton police at (905) 825-4747.

UPDATE: Coombs has been located as of 1:40 p.m. after an Oakville resident stopped to help him and contacted police. He was spotted in the Upper Middle Rd. and Grosvenor Ave. area. Paramedics assessed Coombs as a precaution before reuniting him with his family. 

Photo courtesy of Halton Regional Police


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