Matyas Babos, 79, has not been seen since last Monday. Photo: Victoria PolicePolice are ramping up their search for a missing elderly man with dementia, with fears he may be stranded in bushland or near rural roads in north-east Victoria.
Matyas Babos, 79, went missing from his home in Francis Street, Yea, between 10am and 4pm on August 15 and has not been seen since.
SES volunteers are encouraging locals to check their backyards and sheds in case Mr Babos has sought shelter from the rain.
About 24 SES volunteers from units across the north-east have been searching for the past five days, an SES spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman said the SES had also conducted line searches on foot in the surrounding area “including the rail trail and pine forest”.
“The terrain is mostly flat, but there have been patches of thick vegetation and steeper muddier terrain around the creek area,” she said.
SES Marysville deputy controller Jo Hunter said there were seven SES units searching on Sunday.
“Over Friday we had heavy rain and then showers into Saturday and Sunday,” she said.
“It obviously makes things difficult, but it hasn’t hampered the search effort at all. We’ve had crews out through all conditions.”
Mr Babos suffers from dementia and a number of other medical conditions.
He is known to visit the Mansfield and Whittlesea areas but often mistakenly tells people he is from Glen Iris.
He is described as being 175 centimetres tall, with a thin build and grey hair. He is unshaven and wears glasses.
Mr Babos was last seen wearing a red and brown jacket, blue jeans, a white shirt and an Akubra-style hat.
Anyone with information can call triple zero.
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