Police carry out 'extensive searches' for missing elderly woman

‘Extensive’ searches have been taking place for a missing 83-year-old woman from Maidenhead who went missing more than 10 days ago.

Beatrice Stafford, who is known as Mary, was last seen in Cannon Lane, near Foundation Park, at 4.40pm on Sunday, November 6.

Thames Valley Police has spent 800 hours searching, using police officers, police staff, specialist search officers, search dogs, the Mounted Section and the National Police Air Service helicopter.

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find Mary, by checking their gardens and outhouses in Maidenhead.

Mary is described as white, 5ft to 5ft 1ins tall, of slim build, and has short grey wavy hair.

She was last seen wearing a royal blue fleece, black trousers, black trainers which had white soles and was carrying a patterned purple, mauve, white and cream shoulder bag.

On Sunday, November 6, she was spotted in King Street in the town centre, walking towards Queen Street at 3.50pm.

She then got on the 5A Courtney Buses red single-decker bus outside Boots and was seen getting off the bus at 4.06pm at the junction of Altwood Road and Barnard Road.

John McKee, detective inspector from Maidenhead Force CID, said: “Our enquiries to trace Beatrice have been extensive and are continuing.

“Volunteer search teams have also spent approximately 800 hours carrying out activity as part of this missing person investigation.”

Anyone with any information about Beatrice’s whereabouts is asked to contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 444 9/11.

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