Early this morning, my 72-year-old father (he's suffering from an extreme case of dementia) got up and locked our home from outside and wandered off.
Thankfully, I was awake and so I was able to get the door unlocked within minutes. By the time I got out, he was nowhere in sight.
I raced (on foot as I was panicked) within a 2 km radius of our location but no joy. I called up my sister and bro-in-law. They started patrolling the area in their car.
I searched nearest temples/parks, with no joy. Since it was still 8 am in the morning, I couldn't develop his pics.
We went to our area police station. They were very cooperative and quick in broadcasting my father's details over their WhatsApp group which covered the entire Delhi/NCR area.
By now it was 10 am. I got developed multiple sizes of his photos and ordered pamphlets for distribution.
Lesson learned: We were able to avert a major tragedy today, thanks to our presence of mind, a solid team effort, and a quick localized search within a 5 km radius from our location to locate Dad within 2 hours of his disappearance. Any further delay would have been disastrous.
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