A teenage girl missing from Katoomba has been found safe and well in South Penrith.
The 13-year-old was last seen getting on a train at Penrith late last week, with her disappearance sparking a major police operation.
While she was found last night, there remains grave concerns for an elderly man in Emu Plains who hasn’t been seen for almost a week.
Norman Woodford, aged 78, was last seen at his Emu Plains home about 10.45am on Wednesday, December 2.
His family reported him missing to police that afternoon after he could not be found or contacted.
Police have received a report that Norman was seen by a member of the public about 10.30am on Thursday on Russell Street, Emu Plains.
At the time he was walking in a northerly direction and appeared confused and disoriented. He was wearing a blue button up long-sleeve shirt, black pants and black shoes.
Norman has gone missing before, with a similar police search held in September. He also went missing for six days two years ago, and was found near the Nepean River on Christmas Day 2013.
Norman is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170-180cm tall, with grey hair, brown eyes and of a thin build.
He does not have a mobile phone with him and his vehicle has been recovered at his home, so he is believed to be travelling on foot.
Family and police hold serious concerns for his welfare due to medical conditions that require ongoing treatment.
Police believe Norman may still be in the Emu Plains or Emu Heights areas.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.