Priority to find pensioner

Police are looking for help from the public in locating 84 year old Jean Jellings.
Police are looking for help from the public in locating 84 year old Jean Jellings.

An extensive police search has failed to find missing woman Jean Jellings who did not return to her care home residence on February 20 from a routine early morning walk.

Underwater and land-based searches, along with appeals for information have been ongoing in the past two weeks in an attempt to locate the 84-year-old.

Det Insp Andy Welbourn, of Leeds District CID, last Wednesday told the Wetherby News: “Mrs Jellings is still missing at this time and remains a priority for us.

“There have been continued searches by specialist officers from Protective Services Operations, the Yorkshire and the Humber Underwater Search and Marine Unit, and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team.

“These have focused on a half mile radius of the last confirmed sighting of her and along the riverbanks.”

Mrs Jellings, who is described as 5’4 with grey hair and always dressed smartly, was believed to have been picked up on CCTV just yards from her Wetherby Manor home at around 6.40am.

After reported possible sightings, police think that Mrs Jellings walked along Westgate before turning onto Castle Gate.

Det Insp Welbourn added: “We have a specially-trained family liaison officer supporting the family and will continue to do all we can to find her.

“We continue to appeal for anyone who may have seen her or who has any information that could assist the investigation to get in touch.”

Mrs Jellings had recently moved to the Hadrian Healthcare Group owned Wetherby Manor after living in Bardsey for 50 years.

She had been a member of Bardsey Wives for some years and had lived in Scarsdale Lane and Wayside Muont in the village.

Her disappearance was described as completely out of character.

Anyone with information is asked to phone the Leeds District CID, based at Elland Road police station via 101, quoting log number 398 of February 20.