Delta Police intensifying search for 88-year-old Jarnail Sanghera (update)

DELTA Police are looking for 88-year-old Jarnail Sanghera (see photo), who has not been seen since 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15.

Superintendent Harj Sidhu told the media on Tuesday: “We’ve had significant police resources investigating this file, and today it’s transitioning to our Intelligence Branch, which handles more complex missing person’s files.”

He said Sanghera left his family residence near Nordel Way and 116th Avenue in North Delta on May 15. He was last seen on video surveillance at 11:30 a.m. walking eastbound in the 11800-block of 88th Avenue in Delta. He has not been heard or seen from since.

Sanghera’s family members (see photo below) also made an appeal for help at today’s press conference.

– Sanghera is of the Sikh faith.

– South Asian male, slim build, 5’8”, grey beard
– Wearing a sky blue turban
– Dark grey quartet zip up jacket over a plaid shirt
– Dark grey jogging pants with a white stripe
– Black running shoes
– Has a Sikh symbol tattoo on back of his hand
– He suffers from dementia
– Diabetic, controlled through medication
Sanghera is able to use transit and had a small quantity of money in his possession. He frequents the Sikh Temple near 84th Avenue and 140th Street in Surrey.

To date numerous investigative steps have been conducted to locate Sanghera including;

– Extensive video canvass of residences and businesses to get a possible sighting
– Extensive ground search including use of South Fraser Search and Rescue over the weekend throughout the North Delta area.
– Numerous family and friends have conducted their own searches to locate Sanghera.
– All checks with various institutions and service providers have been negative.
– Public messaging through all media platforms has resulted in numerous tips but none have resulted in a confirmation of Sanghera’s whereabouts.
Sidhu said that considering Sanghera has not been seen or heard from in five days and his medical conditions, everyone is extremely concerned about his whereabouts and locating him as quick as possible.

“I know I speak on behalf of the family … that we have very much appreciated the ongoing public support and need your continued assistance,” he added.

“At this time we are now asking the public and any organizations and businesses within the North Delta and Surrey areas to look in any unlocked building or vehicles on their property for Mr. Sanghera as it’s believed he may have tried to seek shelter.”

A tip line has been created and the public is requested to call the Delta Police at 604-946-4411 to report any information or sightings of Sanghera, or if help is urgently required, to call 911.