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Police searching for missing woman Janis Hall

Northumbria Police officers have been searching for a missing woman who's disappearance is "out of character".

Janis Hall, 65, was reported missing from her home address at Catton, near Hexham, on Thursday, 19th December. She had last spoken to a relative on the phone at around 2pm that afternoon.

Janis Hall
Janis Hall's disappearance is "out of character" Credit: Northumbria Police

Mrs Hall is known to frequent Allendale and Hexham and is known to often going walking in the local area.

She is described as being 5ft 4ins tall of medium build, with grey short hair, and wearing glasses. She was also possibly wearing a green fleece coat, black trousers and a Russian fur hat.



Man charged with murder after Hexham disappearance

A man has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of a woman from Hexham.

Donald Graham, 59, of Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, has been charged with the murder of Janet Brown. He has also been charged with two counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and13 counts of fraud.

In addition, Donald Graham is jointly charged with Elizabeth Todd, 51, of Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, with forgery, conspiracy to commit fraud, and perverting the course of justice.

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