Dementia sufferer is missing again in Washington after never making it home

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Police have confirmed that Washington pensioner Jean Bradwell, 87, is again missing from her Washington home.

The elderly lady was first reported missing at 3.30pm yesterday, but in the early hours of this morning Northumbria Police announced via social media that she had been found in Durham.

However, it now appears that Mrs Bradwell, from Uplands Way in Springwell, Washington, never actually made it home and officers and family members are still searching for her.

She has been described as a ‘high risk’ missing person and police have appealed for urgent help from the public to help find her.

At 12.25am today, Northumbria Police tweeted: “Fantastic news! Missing woman Jean Bradwell has just been found by officers safe and well in the Durham area. Thanks for all of your help.”

However, it later emerged that Jean had not reached home and a member of her family claims she was put in a taxi, but was dropped off at Houghton and her family are out searching for her.

Police confirmed today that although they had spoken to the pensioner on the phone, they did not know her whereabouts.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police, said: “She was found, but for some reason has gone missing again. Our inquiries are on going to establish where she is.”

Mrs Bradwell suffers from dementia and uses a walking stick.

She has long grey hair and was wearing a short blue coat, a skirt and black shoes when she disappeared.

Anyone who thinks they have seen the pensioner is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.