Search continues as serious concerns over missing Heathcote man

Police and other emergency services are carrying out a ground and aerial search in southern Sydney amid serious concerns over the missing man in Heathcote.

Peter Elwin, 76, was last seen at an aged care home on The Avenue at around 11am yesterday (Friday May 13, 2022). Police were alerted when he did not return and he could not be located or contacted.

Significant concerns are expressed for Peter’s well-being, as he lives with dementia and has medical conditions that require regular medication.

Officers from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, PolAir and the Canine Unit carried out a search at Heathcote today, focusing on both residential areas and the Royal National Park.

The police were joined by the SES, RFS and National Parks and Wildlife.

Sutherland Shire Police Area Command Duty Officer Inspector Gary Ford urges residents to watch Peter as the search continues.

“We are extremely concerned for Peter’s well-being as he has been missing for over 24 hours and is living with dementia he may be confused and unsure of how to get home,” the statement said. Inspector Ford. “He also needs regular medication and without it he could get very sick.”

“Our search today has focused on Heathcote East as well as the nearby national park. I urge everyone to keep an eye on it, but also local residents to check their yards and properties.

Peter is described as Caucasian in appearance, around 150cm to 155cm tall, of medium build, with gray hair and blue eyes.

Peter was last seen wearing black pants, a short-sleeved white top with black polka dots, black shoes, and a dark colored cap.

Anyone who sees Peter or has information that could help him is asked to contact the police.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or The information is treated in a strictly confidential manner. The public are reminded not to report information through the NSW Police social media pages.

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Brandon D. James