Police fear for missing man

Police are asking the public for help locating an elderly man who escaped from a respite home in Sydney’s north shore.

Robert Hurley, 71, was last seen at the facility in Ellamatta Road, Mosman about 5.15am on Wednesday when he broke a window with a fire extinguisher and managed to fend off two staff.

Police were called immediately, but they were unable to locate the missing man.

Mr Hurley suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and his family has serious concerns about his welfare.

His daughter Michelle said Mr Hurley has no sense of direction and there are fears that he could be harmed by traffic or stumble in nearby bushland.

It is believed he did not take any money, food or water with him, and he is not wearing his glasses.

Mr Hurley is possibly travelling towards Cammeray, where his wife lives in the family home.

Mrs Hurley urged anyone who spotted her father to stay with him.

"He’s still lucid, so he’ll respond to his name," she said. "Just try to stay with him, and call police or an ambulance."

Mr Hurley is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 183 centimetres tall, and of slim build.

He was last seen wearing a red/brown chequered shirt, grey pants and no shoes, possibly wearing a watch and a hospital bracelet.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Harbourside Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

This story Police fear for missing man first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.