Missing Boscombe dad with dementia found safe and well

Missing dad Derek Watkins has been found safe and well

Missing dad Derek Watkins has been found safe and well

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MISSING dad Derek Watkins has been found safe and well in Boscombe.

The 69-year-old, who suffers from dementia and is unsteady on his feet, went missing first thing this morning.

His ex-wife had come to collect him from his sheltered accomodation, but found him gone. His family rushed out to look for him, launching an appeal for help on social media.

Hundreds of people retweeted his picture to help find him and more than 600 people shared the Echo's appeal on Facebook.

After four hours, Mr Watkins was found by his family after he returned to his sheltered accommodation.

His daughter, Hannah Clarke, said: “He had taken himself off for a lovely walk.

"My step-dad spotted him coming round the corner, he is very sunburned and absolutely shattered but he had a big smile on his face, he didn't know what all the fuss was about.

"We were very worried and it has been amazing how people have helped out with trying to find him, people are brilliant like that."

 

 

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1:04pm Thu 3 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Proof if it were needed that his terrible illness is not confined to the very elderly, it seems likely this gentleman will have been suffering the symptoms for quite a while and yet he is still only sixty-nine.

Thoughts are for a swift and safe return.
Proof if it were needed that his terrible illness is not confined to the very elderly, it seems likely this gentleman will have been suffering the symptoms for quite a while and yet he is still only sixty-nine. Thoughts are for a swift and safe return. muscliffman
  • Score: 4

2:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Would it not be an idea that when a person has been diagnosed with this illness that they get fitted with a GPS ankle tag like some criminals are made to wear. Then when they go a wandering a quick call to G4S who run the system would show where they are.
Would it not be an idea that when a person has been diagnosed with this illness that they get fitted with a GPS ankle tag like some criminals are made to wear. Then when they go a wandering a quick call to G4S who run the system would show where they are. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -6

2:54pm Thu 3 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Excellent news update, although perhaps it would best to report 'found safe' because this poor chap is sadly not at all well.
Excellent news update, although perhaps it would best to report 'found safe' because this poor chap is sadly not at all well. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

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