Monday 16 September 2019

Family appeal for help in finding Dublin pensioner with dementia who has gone missing in Spain

Duncan Crozier-Shaw
Duncan Crozier-Shaw
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

An urgent appeal has been launched to find a Dublin man with dementia who has gone missing in Spain.

Duncan Crozier-Shaw (67), from Rathgar, was last seen at the El Cortex Ingles department store in Fuengirola, Costa del Sol at 11.30 on Wednesday. 

Mr Crozier-Shaw, who was on a family holiday, also has epilepsy and there are fears he may be disoriented or confused.

When last seen, the OAP was wearing blue shorts, a pink polo shirt with green stripes, and sunglasses.

Duncan is 5 foot 7 in height and of slight build with greying dark hair.

His family has appealed for anyone with information to contact local police or the Irish Embassy in Madrid.

Speaking to, Duncan's wife Madeleine said that her husband wandered off while she was inside a changing room at the shopping centre. 

“I told him to wait outside as I was getting changed, but when he came out Duncan was nowhere to be seen,” she said. 

“It was the first time he ever wandered off, which I never expected this early on as he was only diagnosed less than a year ago. 

“I looked everywhere in the shop for him on both floors and started to get very concerned when I couldn’t see him. 

“The police were then contacted who carried out their own searches and have been very helpful so far. 

“My son and daughter flew over when I told them the news and they have been searching everywhere since they arrived.”

Speaking on RTE’s Liveline this afternoon, she said she is hoping someone will notice that her husband is distressed and help him. 

“I’m just hoping someone will pick him up if he asks for water or food and will notice that he’s stressed and agitated. Hopefully they will then bring him to the police station. 

“The gardaí have been in touch with the hospital and have given his photograph to taxi drivers. I don’t think he will say to someone ‘I am lost’.  

Mr Crozier-Shaw’s son, Geoff, took to social media to issue an appeal. 

"He has been missing from the El Cortez Ingles Shopping complex in Costa Mijas since 11.30am local time on Wednesday the 11th September,” he wrote. 

"He was wearing blue shorts, a pink polo shirt with green shirts, and sunglasses. He is 5'7 in height, slight build, sallow skin and greying dark hair.

"He is also an epileptic and has missed some doses of his medication, so could have had a fit recently and be dis-orientated or confused.

"Please contact either local police, the Irish embassy in Madrid or Madeleine Crozier-Shaw (+353 086 6081265) if you have any information."

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