Hamilton woman Shirley Love, 80, found dead after 3-day search


Published December 16, 2022 at 1:28 pm

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Shirley Love, 80, was found dead by the Hamilton Police on Dec. 16.

Police, hundreds of volunteers and the family of 80-year-old Shirley Love of Hamilton have learned the worst outcome.

On Friday afternoon, Hamilton Police said that Love, a diagnosed dementia patient who left her home on a Tuesday afternoon, has been found dead. Love was last seen alive walking down Mount Albion Rd. around 2 p.m. on Dec. 13, headed south toward Glendale Golf Course.

Some 300 people supported a police search of the King’s Forest, which includes the Glendale and King Forest golf clubs. Posters were put up throughout the city this week, and Hamilton Police used drones in an effort to find a senior who was not dressed for wintry weather when she left her home.

“I am sad to inform you that we have the unfortunate news that we have located Shirley Love, deceased,” Hamilton Police Chief Frank Bergen said at a press conference at the golf course on Friday afternoon (Dec. 16), standing in front of members of the police’s mounted horse unit. “What makes it even sadder is that amongst the community members who have come out, over 300 of our community members have come out to support the Hamilton Police.

“This is what a community does — it gets together and does what it has to do,” Bergen added. “The family has asked for some time to grieve and have asked me to express their gratitude to all those who helped search. This is not the outcome that the HPS or community wanted, but at this particular time, we thank you for this involvement, this engagement, this is what we are about in our Hamilton community.”

Dozens of people had gathered to hear the announcement from the police. A few who were in tears embraced after Bergen and Const. Indy Bharaj, a media relations officer, had completed speaking.

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