Missing 81-year-old Yanchep man found alive and well 11 hours after going missing

UPDATE 4.30pm, Thursday, July 6

BETHANIE chief executive Chris How said they were “delighted that Mr Chapple is safe and well”.

“We have a number of measures in place to minimise the risks to residents, which includes regular monitoring,” he said.

“Staff at the village raised the alarm at approximately 10pm last night when a regular observation check found that Mr Chapple was missing.

“We’re very grateful to the Yanchep Police, SES personnel, the community and Bethanie staff for their involvement in the search overnight.”

Mr How said Bethanie would continue to liaise with the family and a meeting had been scheduled to discuss Mr Chapple’s future care.

“Bethanie has a policy of continuous review and improvement for all of the organisation’s services,” he said.


EMERGENCY services found a man alive and well in dense bushland almost 11 hours after he went missing from a Yanchep aged care facility last night.

WA Police spokesman Adam Brouwer said SES volunteers found Raymond Chapple (81), who had last been seen at Bethanie Beachside about 9.30pm on July 5, in bushland about 7.50am today July 6 when he responded to them calling out his name.

“Mr Chapple was located alive and well at 7.53am this morning on Yanchep Beach Road, near Newman Road,” he said.

“He was located in dense bushland this morning by SES when he responded to them calling out his name.

“He was taken by St Johns Ambulance to Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) for an assessment.”

A JHC spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition.

The search involved North West Metropolitan District police officers, the police airwing and the dog squad as well as the SES.

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