A police search operation for an elderly man missing from Shell Cove is set to continue on Friday.
Albert Sovrano, 83, was still missing as of Thursday evening.
He was last seen at Woolworths Shell Cove on Wednesday at 9am.
Mr Sovrano suffers from dementia and may only remember his name.
On Wednesday, the police rescue unit, the dog squad, PolAir and ambulance paramedics searched the area around Bass Point Reserve as Mr Sovrano has previously been found at that location after going missing in the past, police said.
Kiama SES crews searched the bushland and police drones were also used.
The search continued on Thursday.
The search operation was being directed by Police Rescue with assistance from local police, SES, Surf Life Saving and Rural Fire Service.
The co-ordinated search was called off at dusk, and was expected to resume at first light on Friday.
A small group of community members gathered at the site to offer their assistance in searching for Mr Sovrano.
Mr Sovrano is described as six foot tall of solid build with an olive complexion.
He was last seen wearing slippers, checkered shirt, grey track pants and a two tone silver watch.
Police fear for his safety due to his medical condition and are seeking the public's help to find him.
Anyone who sees him is being urged to contact Lake Illawarra Police on 4232 5599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.