Abducted 63-year-old woman with dementia found safe, say Winnipeg police

Police say a 63-year-old woman with dementia who was abducted early Saturday morning in Winnipeg’s Unicity area has been found safe.

The woman was in the back of a blue 2012 Jeep Patriot, when it was stolen at about 1:57 a.m., police said.

Just before noon, she was found physically unharmed in the Jeep, which was abandoned in the Glendale neighbourhood, very close to where it was originally stolen, police said in a news release.

Const. Jay Murray with the police service’s public information office said at a news conference on Saturday morning the driver of the vehicle, a relative of the woman, was inside the Domo gas station in the 3600 block of Portage Avenue when it was stolen with the woman 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.

It’s not clear if the person who stole the vehicle knew the woman was inside, Murray said.

WATCH | Abduction caught on surveillance camera:

Man caught on camera stealing car with woman inside

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Video surveillance footage shows a man taking a vehicle from a Winnipeg gas station with a 63-year-old woman inside.

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.

The surveillance video shows the man getting in the passenger side of the Jeep, moving over to the driver’s side and waving a white-gloved hand at the driver as he runs toward the vehicle.

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

CBC News has removed the woman’s name and photo to protect her privacy.

No arrests have been made at this time, but the Major Crimes Unit is continuing with the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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