A search for Janet Edwards, a 66-year-old woman who’s been missing from Hereford since 10th December, is set to take place this weekend.

Wye Valley Runners are organising a volunteer search in an attempt to find Janet Edwards in Hereford on Saturday 29th January.

They are meeting in the car park at Churchill Gardens, Aylestone Hill, at 11am. All are welcome. Please wear sturdy footwear and warm and waterproof clothing.

Please bring food, water, a pen or pencil and, if you have them, a torch, clipboard and sellotape.

There is limited car parking at Churchill Gardens. The nearest car parks are at Hereford Railway Station and on Commercial Road. They are a short walk away from our meeting point.

Wye Valley Runners have taken advice from West Mercia Police and West Mercia Search & Rescue on how best they can assist in the investigation into Jan’s disappearance.

Wye Valley Runners hope to be able to share information with you but please be mindful that it is a very difficult time for Jan’s family and friends. Please avoid speculation.

From West Mercia Police:

In a statement to West Mercia Police, the family said: “We dearly miss Jan. Christmas without her was painfully sad.  

“We are infinitely grateful for the support of Jan’s friends, and the community, the volunteers, and the emergency services. Everyone involved has worked tirelessly to look for Jan.  

“Very sadly, we are no closer to finding her. We would be so very grateful if everyone seeing this would continue to look out for anything, however small, that might aid the search efforts. We thank everyone sincerely for their support.” 

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Janet was last seen in the area of Beechwood Court, Hereford at 3pm on Friday 10 December 2021. CCTV images of her on the day she went missing show her wearing a green Raab jacket, blue jeans and casual brown boots with a white trim and sole. 

The 66-year-old is a well-known and well-liked member of the Herefordshire Community and served with the NHS. She is also healthy and a keen runner. 

Officers from West Mercia Police have been conducting enquiries and carrying out searches using specially trained officers, police dogs and volunteer rescue groups. 

Supt Edd Williams said: “We’re appealing for information, no matter how small, from members of the public that might help us find Janet. 

“The social media engagement has been brilliant and I’d like to thank the communities of Herefordshire who’ve been sharing our appeals and ask that they continue to do so. 

“Janet’s disappearance is completely out of character and we are extremely concerned. We’re continuing to work with and support the family at this very difficult time with specialist officers.” 

Anyone who may have seen Janet or come into contact with her is asked to contact us. 

We also ask that anyone who was driving in the area of Beechwood Court, Penn Grove Road, Venns Lane, College Road, Aylestone Hill, Folly Lane, or Bodenham Road between 3pm and 7pm on 10 December who has dash-cam footage, to please review it to see if they can see Janet and if so to contact officers.   

Similarly, we ask anyone with CCTV/or a doorbell camera in the above areas who has not yet received a visit from the police to review the footage from that day and time bearing in mind the description of Janet; and if they see someone fitting her description then to contact the police. 

Anyone who has any information is urged to call 101 or visit our website, quoting incident 654i of 10 December, 2021, or report it online via our website www.westmerciapolice.uk/tua/tell-us-about/ 

Alternatively, if you have information but don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers. It is 100% anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call or IP address. You can contact them online or by calling 0800 555 111.