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Concern grows for missing Lions Bay woman as search efforts to resume

Last Updated Jan 14, 2019 at 11:45 am PDT

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The search for a missing Lions Bay woman has resumed, after efforts to find her failed on Sunday

59-year-old Lorraine Prebushewski was last seen leaving her home in Lions Bay on Sunday at noon

LIONS BAY (NEWS 1130) – A large search for a missing Lions Bay woman has resumed after crews were unable to find her yesterday.

Lorraine Prebushewski was last seen leaving her home around noon on Sunday, and search and rescuers have said it’s unclear what she had planned as there was nothing to suggest she intended to go hiking.

Concern for her well-being is growing, especially with the possibility that she slept outside overnight.

“Colder weather, she doesn’t know the area well, she might be a little despondent,” Sandro Frei with Lions Bay Search and Rescue says. “So we’re just trying to get a hold of her as quickly as possible.”

Her sister, Rose Richardson, says the 59-year-old has mobility issues and has only lived in Lions Bay for four months after moving there from Saskatchewan.

She tells NEWS 1130 her family was up all night worrying about Prebushewski, who was “terrified” of the unfamiliar area, her sister adds.

Crews spent hours searching for her on yesterday, and had planned to ramp up their efforts today.

“We are going to re-search the village with daylight,” Frei explains. “We have no further leads in terms of where to look for her, so now we’re just going to redeploy and look over everything that we looked at last night.”

More than 25 people and police dogs aided in Sunday’s search, as crews scoured all logical areas, the SAR group said.

Prebushewski is described as five-foot-two inches tall, has a slim build, brown eyes and hair, and was last seen wearing dark clothing and a black down-filled vest with a hood.

North Shore Rescue and the Squamish RCMP are also assisting with the search effort.