Date
23 September 2018
The 81-year-old woman was found safe and sound after missing for three days in the Shing Mun Country Park in Tsuen Wan. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
The 81-year-old woman was found safe and sound after missing for three days in the Shing Mun Country Park in Tsuen Wan. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Woman, 81, found 3 days after reported missing in country park

An 81-year-old woman was found safe and sound, despite sustaining abrasions, after she had gone missing for three days.

Police said the woman, surnamed Ng, went hiking with her husband, 83, in the Shing Mun Country Park in Tsuen Wan on Sunday afternoon, but they got separated near the Pineapple Dam at the Shing Mun Reservoir, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

After looking for her in vain, the husband filed a police report the following day.

Police, along with personnel from the Fire Services Department, Government Flying Service and  Civil Aid Service, launched a search soon afterwards but found no sign of her.

Then on Wednesday morning, a field assistant from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) spotted her at a place about four kilometers away from where she went missing. She was conscious.

The woman was later sent to Yan Chai Hospital for examination. She only sustained abrasions to her legs and back.

Police said they detected no suspicious circumstances.

After visiting her, the husband said her physical condition appeared normal and she could recognize people. She even scolded him, the husband said.

They agreed to continue hiking together in the future, he said.

The husband said she sometimes had difficulty in remembering things. He said she could not recall what happened in the days she was missing, although he said she might have taken water from a mountain brook to quench her thirst. 

It is said that this was not the first time the woman had gone missing. In 2016, she also lost her way near the Shing Mun Reservoir, and the same AFCD staff member who located her on Wednesday found her two years ago.

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