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Police still searching for missing elderly woman from Maidenhead

Police still searching for missing elderly woman from Maidenhead

Thames Valley Police is ‘increasingly concerned’ for the welfare of a missing elderly woman from Maidenhead.

The 83-year-old woman who is called Beatrice Stafford, but known as Mary, went missing last Sunday.

Mary is a white, 5ft to 5ft 1in, 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.

Since Thames Valley Police launched their appeal on Thursday, officers have become aware of a further sighting of Mary in Cannon Lane, near Foundation Park at 4.40pm on Sunday.

Before then, Mary had been spotted in King Street, walking to Queen Street at 3.50pm.

She then got on the 5A Courtney Buses red single decker bus at 3.50pm outside Boots and was seen getting off the bus at 4.06pm at the junction of Altwood Road and Barnard Road.

Extensive CCTV searches are ongoing and today officers are re-tracing the bus route she took a week ago.

They will be speaking to passengers to appeal for information.

Jon Groenen, detective inspector from Berkshire Force CID, said: “We are increasingly concerned for Beatrice’s welfare and I continue to appeal to anyone who sees her or someone matching her description to contact police as soon as possible.

“As we have mentioned previously this is completely out of character for Beatrice as she regularly walks around Maidenhead. However, she is home by 4.30pm. She did not attend the fitness classes that she usually goes to at Magnet Leisure Centre on Monday and at the United Reform Church on Tuesday.

"I would also like to appeal to anyone who was in the Cannon Lane area who has dash-cam footage which may have captured Beatrice to contact police."

Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue volunteers have been carrying out search activity as part of efforts to locate her.

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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