Woman with dementia abducted in Winnipeg: police

Winnipeg police say a woman who lives with dementia was abducted early Saturday morning when the vehicle she was in was stolen.

Police said it was reported that 63-year-old Sandra McLaughlin was in the back seat of a blue 2012 Jeep Patriot that was parked at a gas station in the 3600 block of Portage Avenue. While the Jeep was parked, police said a man came up and stole it.

Police said the Jeep, which has a Manitoba licence plate KXR 852, was last seen heading west on Portage Avenue towards the Perimeter Highway.

Winnipeg police have issued a silver alert for McLaughlin. A silver alert is issued when a vulnerable adult is reported missing.

Police are now asking for the public’s help to find McLaughlin, who has dementia. She is described as five-foot-seven with a heavier build and long black and white hair. Police said she had been wearing a grey hoodie.

Police said the suspect is described as being about six feet tall, with dark hair. He was seen wearing a grey jacket, dark-coloured shorts, a hoodie with white writing, sandals and white gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Winnipeg Police Service‚Äôs Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250. 

Winnipeg police will be holding a live news conference about the abduction. CTV News will live stream this at 10:30 a.m.

More to come.

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