Elderly woman’s disappearance investigated

The Leigh Road Cottage rest home is just up the hill from the beach. - Photo: Google Maps

The Waitematā District Health Board is investigating how an elderly woman was able to leave a rest home without anyone noticing.

Maree Wilkins, 84, has been missing for a week.

Leigh Road Cottage rest home in Whangateau, just south of Leigh, reported her missing at 8.20am on 8 November, though she was last seen at 5.30pm the previous day.

A spokesperson for the DHB said the rest home immediately notified the police.

The rest home declined to comment.

A search and rescue operation for Mrs Wilkins was scaled back yesterday, but a police helicopter is continuing to search the coastline.

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