Palmerston North woman with dementia still missing after four days

The search for the woman who has been missing for four days in Palmerston North continues, despite multiple searches.

73-year-old Aquitania Luxford, who is also known as “Tai,” was last seen at the BP service stateion in Bulls at around 12:35pm on Thursday. According to a report by Stuff, she was on her way home from a tennis game.

Luxford has been described as a 150cm tall Maori woman with short salt-and-pepper hair. Her car is a dark grey 2008 Impreza station wagon that has a dent on the passenger rear door. The registration is EPG780.

“It’s a rollercoaster of emotions,” said her niece, Maryanne Ferris. “She’s afraid of the dark and she hates being alone but with dementia, it’s worse. It’s been so long now, she would be beside herself.”

The family revealed that Luxford has dementia. On her way home from her tennis game, she got disoriented and stopped at a house in Fielding to ask for directions.

“She’s quite forgetful but she is quite a reasonable driver,” said Luxford’s son Ray Luxford.

The Fielding local then drove ahead of Luxford to try and lead her back to Palmerston North, however, Luxford “took it as goodbye and waved back to her”.

Ground and aerial searches have been conducted by Luxford’s family and police. Some of the areas that have been searched include Bulls and Whanganui areas. Foxton, Himatangi, Rongotea, and Marton were covered as well.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the police station nearest to them, or the Palmerston North police at 06 351 3600.