Search continues for missing Northumberland woman Janis Hall

Police continue to appeal for information on the whereabout of Janis Hall, who has been missing for more than a fortnight

Missing woman Janis Hall of Catton, near Hexham
Missing woman Janis Hall of Catton, near Hexham

Police are continuing to appeal for information about a missing Northumberland grandmother who hasn’t been seen for more than two weeks.

Janis Hall disappeared from her home in Catton, near Hexham, on December 19 and was last spoken to by a relative on the phone at around 3pm in the afternoon.

Since then, her distraught children Ian and Gillian made an emotional plea for the 65-year-old to come home for Christmas. But Mrs Hall has now not been seen or heard from for more than two weeks and police are extremely concerned.

A number of searches have been completed and further searches will be carried out over the weekend. Supt Gillian Mitchell said: “It’s now been two weeks since Mrs Hall was last seen and understandably her family are distraught that she has not been home for Christmas or new year. They are beside themselves with worry and desperate to hear news of her whereabouts. Our inquiries are continuing and we’d urge anyone who may have seen Mrs Hall over the festive period, or may have information they feel may help us to locate her, to get in contact with police as soon as possible.

“No matter how insignificant they think the information is, it could help us to build a picture of her movements, and prove to be crucial. Clearly the inclement weather conditions and the fact this is out of character lead us to be extremely concerned for her welfare.”

Mrs Hall is 5ft 4ins tall of medium build, with grey short hair, and wearing glasses. She was possibly wearing a green fleece coat, black trousers and a black fur Russian-style hat.

In a statement before Christmas, her children said: “Our mother is a really bubbly, outgoing person who loves the outdoors. She loves to walk and she loves the countryside. She is well known in Catton, where she has lived for 15 years, and was involved in community life, even organising the Christmas Eve carol service as well as volunteering for local community groups. She worked as a volunteer at Wallington Hall. We know she has been upset recently after our father died, six months ago, but this is out of character.”

Anyone with any information call police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 1124 19/12/13.

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