Hunt for missing Northumberland woman Janis Hall reaches six-month mark

Police are issuing leaflets as the search for missing Northumberland woman Janis Hall reaches the six-month mark

Missing Northumberland woman Janis Hall
Missing Northumberland woman Janis Hall

Police will be issuing leaflets in a rural location as the search for missing Northumberland woman Janis Hall reaches the six-month mark.

Officers will be handing out the flyers in the Simonburn area in a bid to locate the 65-year-old who has been missing from her home in Catton, Northumberland, since December 19.

The activity follows a report to police from a member of the public that they picked up a woman in their car near Simonburn, at around 5.15pm on December 21 and dropped her off at Hexham railway station.

The woman is described as wearing a long black or dark coloured coat with a hood and said she was going to Lancaster.

Police have carried out subsequent checks of CCTV at the station but the woman described does not appear on it and therefore didn’t board a train at that time.

Now police are hoping the leaflets may trigger someone’s memory of seeing the woman or encourage the woman passenger herself to come forward so it can be established whether it was Mrs Hall or not.

Mrs Hall 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 black fur Russian-style hat.

Supt Mick Paterson, from Northumberland area command, said: “We have received and continue to receive several reports of possible sightings of Mrs Hall from members of the public which we’re extremely grateful for.

“We have been following lines of enquiry around this particular report since it was made but hope the leaflets will encourage anyone with information or the woman who was picked up and dropped off to come forward.

“It’s now almost three weeks since Mrs Hall went missing and her family remain understandably distraught by her disappearance. Our searches are continuing around the village of Catton and surrounding areas.

“I would urge anyone who has seen Mrs Hall, knows where she is, or has any information they feel may help us to locate her, to contact police straight away. No matter how insignificant they think the information is, it could prove vital to locating Mrs Hall.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 1124 19/12/13.

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