Man who 'vanished into thin air' found
An elderly man with dementia who "vanished into thin air" after disappearing from a Melbourne hospital has been found.
Ratko Dujela, 79, was located in Kealba at 7.30am on Monday after a massive two-day public appeal to find him following his disappearance on Friday.
He was admitted into Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne's west on Thursday with what turned out to be a urine infection.
A Victoria Police spokesperson said on Monday morning Mr Dujela had been located in the nearby suburb and had been taken to hospital for a check-up but "appeared to be OK".
His family addressed the media on Sunday in a desperate bid to find Mr Dujela, with his stepdaughter saying she had heard her mother, Helen Guenzi, 79, crying out in her sleep for Mr Dujela since he went missing.
"I do everything for him," Ms Guenzi said. "We're always together."
She broke down as she begged for anyone who thought they had seen Mr Dujela to call the police.
"I'm worried," she said. "I hope he comes back … I hope he's alive."
He went missing sometime between 2pm and 2.30pm on Friday and could not be found despite extensive efforts from the family and community, stepdaughter Jacinta Neralic said.
"We've had literally no sleep," she said.
"We have spent three days driving around looking for him.
"I've approached businesses asking for CCTV footage … there's just nothing.
"He could be anywhere."
Victoria Police Sergeant Shayne Wallace said police held "grave concerns" for Mr Dujela as they searched the Brimbank area.
"Police are appealing to the public to keep a look out for Ratko, and if they do sight him to call triple-0," Sergeant Wallace said.
"Especially anyone in the Brimbank area, we want you to keep an eye out."
Ms Neralic said it was like Mr Dujela had "vanished into thin air".
She said he had gone missing once before but was found after two hours.
"We've put it on social media but this time we've got nothing; there's no sightings," she said.
"He hasn't eaten, he hasn't had anything to drink, it's cold at night, it's hot during the day … and having dementia, he doesn't know that he's lost."