A major search operation is taking place in Wetherby today as part of police efforts to trace missing Wetherby pensioner Jean Jellings a month on from her disappearance.
Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Outer North East Neighbourhood Policing Team are being joined by mounted officers to carry out further searches of the town, including along the banks of the River Wharfe.
Mrs Jellings, 84, was last seen at her supported housing in St James Street on Friday February 20 at about 5.30am. She is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, with grey hair.
Extensive searches involving specialist search teams and the police helicopter were carried out in the area in the days after she went missing. Since then local officers have continued to search key areas and distribute posters and leaflets appealing for information.
Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, who has been leading the operation, said: “Mrs Jellings’ family are understandably upset and very concerned to find out what has happened to her and we are doing all we can to support them and get them the answers they need.
“We are also very much aware that Wetherby is a close-knit community and people there have been maintaining a keen interest in the investigation and want to do all they can to assist in finding her.
“It was completely out of character for her to have gone missing like this but we are satisfied from our enquiries that there are no suspicious circumstances.
“Although she lived in supported accommodation she was independent and mobile and would often go into the town centre and for walks near the bandstand and the river.
“Clearly a month has now passed since she went missing and the family are prepared for the worst but we remain determined to do all we can to find out what has happened to her.”
Shortly after her disappearance police released CCTV from the New Inn pub, which showed a woman dressed in dark clothing at around 6.40am. Police believe the woman may have been Mrs Jellings.
Police would like to speak to anyone who can offer information as to her whereabouts or who saw her around the time she went missing.
Anyone with any information should call Detective Constable Danny Wilkinson on 101 quoting log 398 of February 20.