Senior missing from B.C. care home after daughter's visit

Nanaimo RCMP says Cecile McLelland, 74, went missing from her care facility Saturday afternoon after a visit from her daughter. The pair may be headed to Salmon Arm or Fort St John, and care home staff are concerned for the well-being of McLelland, who is wheelchair-bound and requires 24-hour care.

Cecile McLelland, 74, requires 24-hour care due to deteriorating health, Nanaimo care home staff say

Cecile McLelland, 74, has silver hair, wears glasses, and uses a wheelchair. Her daughter, Diane D’Onofrio, is 53 years old, about 5'5" and has short blonde hair. (Nanaimo RCMP)

A wheelchair-bound senior is missing from her Nanaimo, B.C., care home, and family members told police she may be with her daughter, on their way to B.C.'s Southern Interior, or to B.C.'s northeast.

Staff at the care home noticed 74-year-old Cecile McLelland was missing at dinner time Saturday, and believed that she may have left the facility with daughter Diane D’Onofrio, who is 53. 

D’Onofrio​, who visits frequently and is familiar to staff members, had been visiting earlier in the day, at around 3:30 p.m. PT.

RCMP Const. Sherri Wade said police were called because care home staff members are concerned for McLelland's well-being, who they say requires 24-hour care due to her deteriorating health.

Family members believe D’Onofrio and McLelland may be en route to Salmon Arm or Fort St. John, Wade said.

McLelland, who uses a wheelchair, has silver hair and wears glasses. D’ Onofrio is approximately 5’5" and 110 lbs, and has short blonde hair, police said. The vehicle they may be in is a red Dodge Caravan, with B.C. licence plate 418 FAP.

Wade said anyone with information should call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.