Group urges missing persons prevention with ‘love bracelet’

By Hsieh Wen-hua  /  Staff reporter

Mon, Dec 09, 2013 - Page 3

A charity is urging families to make elderly relatives wear a “bracelet of love” containing ID and contact information to prevent them from getting lost.

At a press conference in Taipei yesterday, the Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly said that about 4,200 families had been reunited because elderly relatives had been wearing the bracelet.

Chen Ching-tung’s (陳慶東) 83-year-old mother Chen Yang-yeh (陳揚葉) went missing on Nov. 12 last year.

Chen’s parents were accustomed to take a walk together at 6:30am every morning and after their usual walk, Chen Ching-tung’s father stayed at home to read the newspapers, while his mother left the house for a second walk, never to return.

Chen Ching-tung said his father no longer reads the newspaper because he believes his wife would nor have gone missing would if he had accompanied her the second time.

He added that his father seldom leaves the house because he cannot bear neighbors asking him whether he has found his wife.

Wu Pei-shan’s (吳佩珊) 69-year-old father Wu Chiu-nan (吳秋男) went missing after he went out cycling in Taipei’s Shilin District (士林) early on the morning of Aug. 11. Her father loved cycling and had previously biked from Taipei to Changhua.

“We thought he wanted to have some fun. How did we know he would be gone?” she said, adding that the family tried everything they could to find him, including seeking surveillance camera footage, posting missing person posters, spreading the message through the Internet and asking for help from social welfare agencies.

Tu Ping-hao’s (杜秉豪) 77-year-old mother, Chang Chiao-er (張嬌娥), from Chiayi County’s Chungpu Township (中埔) went missing on Oct. 9.

Tu said he had found it difficult to obtain government-held information and that the local bureau of National Health Insurance would not tell him whether his mother had visited any hospital since she disappeared, citing privacy issues.

The federation urged the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Health and Welfare to collaborate and enable family members to access missing person’s medical records.