Exactly one year on, the family of a missing Sussex pensioner are launching a renewed appeal for help finding her. Despite several sightings Police are no closer to locating 97-year-old Nellie Herriott.
The pensioner, from Brighton, was last seen on CCTV getting off a bus on the city's Whitehawk estate. Her family, from Kent, say the last year has been very distressing. David Johns reports, talking to Nellie's great-nephew George Holland, and Det Sgt Suzy Maclintock
It's a year since a 97-year-old woman got off a bus in the Whitehawk district of Brighton and Hove and disappeared. This CCTV footage shows the last time Nellie Herriott was seen.
It's a year since a 97-year-old woman got off a bus in the Whitehawk district of Brighton and Hove and disappeared. The family of Nellie Herriott are still looking for her.
– Detective Sergeant Duncan Elliott, Brighton and Hove CID
After yesterday's extensive search of the Whitehawk area it now looks like Nellie is somewhere else in the city or surrounding areas. There have been over 40 sightings of Nellie and we will continue to look into all of these in the hope that one of them will lead us to her."
It's been over a week since 96-year-old Nellie Herriott was last seen and all searches to date -including specialist search teams organised yesterday - have been unable to locate her.
Sussex Police are asking people to put up posters to help find Nellie. Here's the link to the printable version: http://www.sussex.police.uk/media/1658630/nellie_poster.pdf
The family of a 96-year-old woman, missing for almost a week, say they're becomingly increasingly worried. The search for Nellie Herriott from Brighton has been stepped up by Sussex police, and celebrities on the internet. She has Alzheimer and was last seen on a bus last Tuesday.
Andy Dickenson speaks to Nellie's nephew George Holland and Det Sgt Duncan Elliott of Sussex Police:
Police in Brighton are very concerned about the welfare of a 96-year-old woman who has not been seen since Monday morning, 23 April.
Nellie Herriott, who lives in Brighton, was last seen at 11am at a bus stop on Race Hill (Elm Grove), in Brighton.
Nellie is described as white, of thin build, 4ft 9in tall, with short curly hair. She was wearing a blue coat and black hat. She regularly uses buses in Brighton and Hove, and is known to travel to other towns, including Eastbourne and Worthing.
Inspector Jon Carter said: "Nellie is vulnerable due to her age and she also suffers from Alzheimers which can cause her to become confused. It's now been three days since she was last seen and we're very anxious to hear from anyone who thinks they may know where she is.
"Nellie has been a frequent visitor to the BHS Café in Churchill Square, Brighton. She may have frequented other cafes and may make several visits in a short period of time.
"If anyone thinks they have seen Nellie then I would urge them to call police as soon as possible on 101, quoting reference number 1448 of 25 April."