Missing dementia patient found dead near Hok Tau Reservoir

Family had been unable to contact dementia patient Lee Wui-chau, 66, for more than a week

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 1:48pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 2:06pm

A Hong Kong man who went missing more than a week ago was found dead near Hok Tau Reservoir in Tai Po on Thursday, according to a police source.

The decomposed body of Lee Wui-chau, 66, a dementia patient, was discovered at a stream near the reservoir in Pat Sin Leng Country Park at about 3pm by workers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department stationed in the area, the source added.

Lee was last seen in his home at Fu Shin Estate in Tai Po at 12.30pm on August 14.

His family said he had taken bus route 271 from Tsim Sha Tsui to Tai Po. His mobile phone signal showed he was at Robin’s Nest, near the border at Sha Tau Kok that evening.

Four days later, on the morning of August 18, the signal was detected at Shek Mun in Sha Tin.

An investigation is under way to determine the events leading up to Lee’s death.

Meanwhile, authorities on Thursday resumed a search for Chan Wing-wah, 53, a Census and Statistics Department employee, who went missing during a solo hike in Plover Cove Country Park on Sunday.

An operation involving government helicopters and officers from the police and fire departments was launched on early Monday morning after his wife contacted police.

The search continued until Tuesday evening as Typhoon Hato hit the city.

Chan set off into Plover Cove Country Park after eating with his wife and friends at a Tai Mei Tuk barbecue site off Ting Kok Road in Tai Po on Sunday morning, saying he was heading to Wu Kau Tan.

At about 1pm, he sent a photo to his wife via his mobile phone and said he was at Cheung Pai Tun in Plover Cove Country Park.

Search launched for Hong Kong hiker reported missing

Two hours later, Chan called her to say he would be home at about 8pm. It is understood that the couple live in Tseung Kwan O.

Chan’s 53-year-old wife, also a government employee, made a police report at about 1.30am on Monday after he failed to return and she could not contact him.

He was last seen wearing black-framed glasses, a black and white T-shirt, black trousers and black hiking shoes.