GEORGE TOWN: The family of an Australian woman who has been missing for the past 11 days are hoping against hope to find her and return home in time for Christmas.
Annapuranee “Anna” Jenkins of Adelaide, South Australia had mysteriously vanished after getting off a Uber ride at Scotland Road on Dec 13.
Police have since been on the lookout for the 65-year-old woman, but have yet to find her.
Her son, S Jenkins, 38, came to Penang last Sunday to help find his mother.
He has been handing out flyers with Anna’s photo, walking along the Scotland and York roads up to the Penang Hospital, since the area was her last known location.
“I stopped everyone I could see, showing them my mother’s photos. No one seems to know. I have been walking around daily searching for ‘amma’ (mother).
“It has been nearly a week now. I’m trying to stay positive but it is wearing thin,” S Jenkins told FMT in an interview last night.
Anna and her husband Frank Jenkins, 78, had come to Penang for a two-week trip on Dec 5 from Adelaide.
Anna had wanted to visit her mother Mary Anne, who is aged 101 and lives at the Little Sisters of The Poor home for the aged at Batu Lanchang Lane.
It was during Anna’s trip to visit her mother that she had disappeared.
On Dec 13, at 3pm, Anna had first gone to a dentist at Burma Road in Pulau Tikus.
After her check-up, the receptionist at the dental clinic hailed a Uber ride for Anna. According to her son, Anna had left her phone at the hotel.
On her way to visit her mother at Batu Lanchang Lane, Anna had then asked her Uber driver to stop at the traffic lights at the Scotland-York roads intersection, police said yesterday.
The driver refused to do so as it would not be safe to drop her off there and had instead dropped her off at the driveway of the Ramakrishna Ashram about 100m ahead on Scotland Road.
The time was 4.45pm then, and the ashram was about 4km from her original destination.
Her son said closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) at the ashram showed the Uber car leaving the driveway, but there was no sign of her.
“This is completely out of the ordinary for her. I have no idea how much money she’s got, or what had happened to her,” S Jenkins said.
Meanwhile, Anna’s family in Australia have said that there was no activity in her bank accounts.
S Jenkins said his family has since lodged a police report in Australia, in an attempt to trace the last calls she made or received on her phone.
“Mom is my dad’s full-time carer. He is not well, so she drives, cooks and does everything for him. My dad is reliant on her.
“He called me today and I can sense he is struggling. We really hope amma comes back,” he said.
Anna was originally born in Parit Buntar, Perak. In the early 1970s, she met her future husband, Frank, who was attached to the Royal Australian Air Force at the Butterworth Air Base then.
They got married and gave birth to their eldest, Jen, in Penang in 1978 and later S Jenkins in 1979. The couple have two grandsons, aged 5 and 11.