Concern grows for missing 96-year-old

Missing Nellie Herriott in BHS, Brighton
Missing Nellie Herriott in BHS, Brighton

A GROUP of police specialist search teams has been organised to search the Whitehawk area of Brighton today (May 1) where missing 96-year-old Nellie Herriott was last seen embarking from the 1a bus a week ago.

The group comprises the North and West Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams, Sussex Lowland Search and Rescue along with Lowland Search Dogs.

Detective Sergeant Duncan Elliott from Brighton and Hove CID said: “There have been 35 reported sightings of Nellie since Tuesday April 24 which we are investigating.

“Due to the length of time that has now passed, we are extremely concerned for her welfare and hope that today’s search will find her safe and well.

“These search teams are specially trained and I would appeal to the general public to please not try and join the police search teams but instead to check their gardens and out buildings.”

Nellie, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, was seen leaving the cafe at the BHS store in Churchill Square, Brighton, at about 2.25pm on Monday April 23.

Someone who knows her came forward in response to publicity to say they saw her on a bus in London Road, Brighton, going towards the city centre, at about 12.30pm on the following day, Tuesday April 24.

There is increasing concern for Nellie, who lives on her own in central Brighton, and is described as white, of thin build, 4ft 9in tall, with short curly hair.

She was wearing a blue coat, a black hat, pale coloured trousers and shoes, and was carrying a beige coloured handbag.

It is not known whether she had any money. Her bus pass has now been found in her flat.

The two new images are from BHS shop CCTV, showing Nellie in the BHS cafe on Saturday April 21, two days before she was last seen, but they do show the clothing she was wearing when last seen.

If you think you have seen Nellie call the police as soon as possible on 101, quoting reference number 1448 of 25 April.