Helicopters and specialist search units join search for Kathleen

Police Scotland Helicopter joined the search around Aberlour
Police Scotland Helicopter joined the search around Aberlour

THE SEARCH FOR missing pensioner Kathleen Edward continued around Aberlour on Wednesday with police calling on assistance from various agencies.

Ms Edward, 85, was reported missing from Broomfield Square in the Moray town at around 2.30pm on Tuesday.

She is described as being 5’3’’ tall, of slim build and has light grey short hair. She walks with a slight stoop and uses two walking canes but is believed to have only one with her. It is not known what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance but is possibly wearing red shoes.

Specialist resources called in yesterday to assist with the search included additional police officers, dog units, the Police Scotland helicopter and the Coastguard, with the search also looking along the banks of the River Spey.

Coordinating the search efforts is Inspector Megan Heathershaw, who said: “Officers conducted a number of enquiries throughout Tuesday evening and are increasing the search efforts on Wednesday.

“We would like to thank members of the public for their kind offers of assistance, however as specialist resources are carrying out their searches, public searches are not yet being organised.  At this time, we are still asking members of the public in the area to check their outhouses, sheds and garages for any signs of Kathleen.”

As darkness fell last night the operation was called off until this morning – leaving the family with another anguished night of waiting on news.  Via his social media account, Kathleen’s grandson, Jamie Stephen, said: “I did not think I would have so much help to find my granny – I thank everyone so much.”

Anyone who has information that could assist with tracing Kathleen Edward is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.