Grandmother with dementia found after spending four days alone in bushland


A grandmother with severe dementia has somehow survived four days wandering in dense bushland in Queensland’s southeast.

Brisbane grandma Hyungleeb Lee, 70, was found lying in thick scrub in Karawatha on Saturday about 9am.

Mrs Lee disappeared on Wednesday about midday from a respite centre on Compton Road.

It’s now believed she walked east for 2.5 kilometres to the Karawatha Rainforest.

Hyungleeb Lee is carried from Karawatha Rainforest after she was found lying in thick scrub. Source: 7 News

More than 100 SES volunteers tirelessly spent 72 hours searching nearby suburbs and bushland but found nothing.

It wasn’t until Saturday morning they found her at the bottom of a deep embankment.

Police believe she may have either taken a fall or collapsed from exhaustion.

Her daughter-in-law, Won Chang, said she “can’t believe it” but the grandmother is a “strong lady”.

Hyungleeb Lee, 70, disappeared on Wednesday about midday from a respite centre on Compton Road. Source: Queensland Police

Mrs Lee has now been reunited with her family.

“I think we’ll have a big hug and a party as well,” Ms Chang said.

“Thank you for everyone especially for all the public, communities, SES and police.”