Professor appeals for help in finding wife who vanished on way to lunch

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 March, 1999, 12:00am

A leading academic appealed yesterday for help in finding his elderly wife who has been missing for four days.

Former vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, Professor Rayson Huang Li-sung, said he was worried about his wife's safety.

Grace Huang, 74, went missing at about midday on Saturday in Pokfulam.

The couple were on their way to a restaurant for lunch.

Professor Huang went ahead to look for a taxi while his wife walked down the stairs of the Robert Black College in University Drive.

She had disappeared by the time Professor Huang returned to pick her up moments later.

'She speaks English and Shanghainese, but little Cantonese. She suffers temporary loss of memory,' said Professor Huang on a Commercial Radio phone-in programme.

Mrs Huang is in need of medication.

Professor Huang has offered a reward of $50,000.

An officer from the Regional Missing Persons Unit, Hong Kong Island, said: 'We have notified all our officers on patrol.

'We have also returned to the university area and continued our search. But so far there's no news.' Mrs Huang is 1.57 metres tall. She was wearing a greyish-blue outfit with a white patterned skirt and carrying a blue handbag when she was last seen.

A university spokeswoman said the institute would send e-mails to all its staff and students appealing for help.

Professor Huang was the first Chinese appointed as the university's vice-chancellor from 1972-1986.

Anyone with information about Mrs Huang should call police on 2841 6347 or 2527 7177.