63-year-old woman with dementia abducted, say Winnipeg police

A 63-year-old woman with dementia was abducted early Saturday morning in Winnipeg’s Unicity area, police say.

Sandra McLaughlin was in the back of her blue 2012 Jeep Patriot with Manitoba license plate KXR 852 when it was stolen at about 1:55 a.m., police said in a news release.

Const. Jay Murray with the police service’s public information office says the driver of the vehicle was inside a gas station in the 3600 block of Portage Avenue when it was stolen with McLaughlin inside.

“The individual jumps into the vehicle while this person is inside the gas station … the vehicle takes off, and this person essentially runs after the vehicle trying to stop it,” Murray said.

“At this time, we’re treating this as a random incident. We have nothing to indicate that this person knew either Sandra or the driver of the vehicle.”

The man suspected of abducting Sandra McLaughlin was caught on security camera. He’s about six feet tall with dark hair. He is pictured wearing a grey jacket, dark-coloured shorts, a hoodie with white writing, sandals and white gloves. (Submitted by Winnipeg Police)

Investigators are using surveillance video to locate the vehicle, Murray said. It was last seen travelling westbound toward the Perimeter Highway.

The Jeep has a dent in the driver’s side door by the handle and rust on the tire rims. It also has partial “Class A” service decals on it.

McLaughlin is about five-foot-seven, with long black and white hair and was last seen wearing a grey hoodie.

Police issued a stock image of the type of vehicle Sandra McLaughlin drives. There’s a dent on the driver’s side, and rust on the tire rims. It also has partial “Class A” service decals on it. (Submitted by Winnipeg Police)

The man suspected of taking her is about six feet tall, with dark hair. He was seen in security footage wearing a grey jacket, dark-coloured shorts, a hoodie with white writing, sandals and white gloves.

Murray says police are holding a news conference at 10:30 a.m. to provide an update on the incident.

Police are concerned for McLaughlin’s well-being and are asking anyone with any information regarding either her or the man’s whereabouts to call 911 or the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.