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Penticton senior missing for 5 days; police call for dash-cam footage

Police are also asking to leave the search to the experts due to difficult terrain, cold weather
Penticton resident Doreen Abbott ‘Nana’ failed to arrive at a friend’s house on the evening of Jan. 27 and has not been seen since. Her vehicle was found stuck in snow up Greyback Mountain Rd. on Jan. 28. (Facebook)

It is now day five and sadly, the search continues for missing Penticton senior Doreen Abbott.

“An extensive search of the area where her vehicle was located has continued over the past three days, carried out by both the RCMP and Search and Rescue. Unfortunately, Doreen has yet to be located. We’re working closely with Search and Rescue to continue our search,” said Const. James Grandy on Tuesday.

“We’re reaching out to the public, specifically to residents of Upper and Lower Bench Roads, Naramata Road, and other surrounding neighbourhoods of where her vehicle was found at Greyback Mountain Road. We’re asking those residents who may have either dash-cam or home surveillance to check to see if they happened to capture Abbott’s vehicle on Jan. 27th, between the hours of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.”

Many members of the public have asked to help in the search but police are asking them to leave it to the experts.

“We want to acknowledge the public’s support, specifically those wanting to help search for Doreen. Numerous resources, including Air Services, Police Dog Services, along with Search and Rescue crews are actively continuing a systematic and thorough search of the area,” said Grandy.

“Due to the immediate area consisting of hazardous terrain, and with the weather turning very cold, it’s not advisable for the general public to conduct their own search.”

Abbott failed to arrive at a friend’s house near Naramata on the evening of Jan. 27, and her current whereabouts are unknown. On Sunday, RCMP found her vehicle near 1425 Greyback Mountain Road, which was not where she was heading.

It appears that Doreen, who was most likely unfamiliar with the area, travelled up the road and got her vehicle stuck in the icy/snow conditions.

Police have updated a description of Doreen.

Doreen Abbott is described as 89 years-old, five-foot-three, 120 pounds with a thin build. She wears glasses and normally walks with a cane.

Below is an updated clothing description which RCMP believe she was wearing:

* A dark green/blue ¾ length wool coat;

* Dark green/turquoise sweatpants;

* Black slip on shoes

READ MORE: Search turns up Doreen’s car but not her

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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