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Family of Leocardo Loney still missing from Wembley appeal for information

PUBLISHED: 15:41 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:41 19 September 2017

Marie Loney with her father Leocardo Loney

Marie Loney with her father Leocardo Loney

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The distraught family of an 83-year-old man with dementia who has been missing for six weeks are appealing for any information which will bring him home.

Leocardo Loney Leocardo Loney

Leocardo Loney went missing from Willow House Retirement Home, in Victoria Court, Wembley, on August 3.

CCTV cameras show the pensioner leaving the care home just after 5.30pm but staff only realised he was missing when they went to give him breakfast the next morning.

He was sighted on a route 182 bus travelling from the Wembley area towards Brent Cross on August 22 and a second unconfirmed sighting was in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on September 9.

His daughter Marie Loney said: “We’re in distress. We’re trying to keep some sort of normality so we don’t fall in a heap.

Leocardo Loney has been missing since August 3 and may be extremely confused Picture: Met Police Leocardo Loney has been missing since August 3 and may be extremely confused Picture: Met Police

“He has a tracking system attached to his key and he never leaves his flat without it but this time he did - he figured out how to unattach it and press all the navigation buttons to get out of his building and off he went.

“He used to do this kind of thing a lot but this time he was gone a long time before anyone noticed. He could be anywhere,” she said.

Father-of-two Leocardo was diagnosed with dementia in 2015 and requires medication. “He can be forgetful and it is getting worse but he’s active for his age. He can walk as I walk, he doesn’t mumble, he doesn’t look his age.

“My dad is a real charmer. He’s never had a freedom pass but has found his way to Heathrow and Watford. He’ll be thinking he’s on an adventure but doesn’t know where he’s going,” said Ms Loney.

Speaking directly to her father she said: “We are extremely distressed. We want to know you are safe and well and want you to come home.”

Leocardo, who has three grandchildren, is described as about 5ft 10ins, of medium build with short grey hair.

He was wearing a red baseball cap and a black jacket when he disappeared.

Det Insp Andy Grant, from Brent CID, said: “It is now six weeks since Leocardo went missing and despite extensive enquiries we have not been able to trace him. His family is desperate for information. Mr Loney is an elderly vulnerable man who needs regular medication and we would appeal for anyone who may be able to assist, not to hesitate but to call police immediately.”

Call Brent’s Missing Persons Unit on 101 or Missing People on 116000.

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