Police seek help to locate missing Vancouver Island woman

The search Gladys Barman has intensified with Vancouver Island RCMP and Cowichan Search and Rescue crews joining the search.

Gladys Barman, 82, suffers from memory loss and hasn't been seen since July 5

Police say Gladys Barman has been missing since July 5. (Oak Bay Police Department)

The search for an elderly Vancouver Island woman, missing since July 5, has intensified with Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP joining in.

Gladys Barman, 82, was last seen at a Petro Canada on West Saanich Road in Saanich, pumping gas into her 2002 green Honda Accord with B.C. licence plate 940 RGA.

And new information suggests Barman may have been seen later that day in her car on Stoney Hill Road in nearby Duncan around 1:15 p.m. PT, looking for a gas station, police say.

Barman's family says she has experienced cognitive decline and memory loss in recent weeks.

"She may not know who she is, but she would just be out and about," said her son Neil Barman. "She won't necessarily present as being confused, she may seem fine."

Search crews are looking around Genoa Bay and Maple Bay on southern Vancouver Island for the woman who was last seen wearing glasses, a teal-coloured windbreaker, white shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers.

She is described as Caucasian, five feet, nine inches tall, with a thin build, blue eyes, and grey hair.

The Oak Bay Police Department said officers were asked to check on Barman July 6 after she didn't show up for work.

Police say this is out of character for Barmen, and both police and her family are concerned. 

"I'm frazzled, and beyond bewildered at this point. I'm getting more and more worried of course because at this point she should, we should be able to find her," said Neil Barman.

"She should be seen somewhere, she should make a purchase, something."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

With files from All Points West

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