Police hunt for elderly woman who vanished during trip to museum

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Police are searching for a vulnerable elderly woman who vanished after she became separated from her tour group at a museum.

Irene Williamson, 72, had been visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with staff and friends from her care home on Tuesday morning.The senior citizen, who has dementia, was last seen leaving the Glasgow museum at midday. The care home she stays at is in Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

She is described as white, slim and with short grey hair. She is understood to have been wearing a three-quarter length brown jacket with a cream collar and dark coloured trousers when she disappeared.

A Police Scotland helicopter has been called out to assist with the search.

Inspector Kevin Lammie, of Greater Glasgow Police Division, said: “We understand that Irene has become separated from her tour group and has left the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in an unknown location.

“There are real concerns for her well-being given that Irene has dementia. Our focus is to trace Irene safe and well.

“Officers, including the force helicopter, are currently searching for Irene across the west end and university area.

“We checking CCTV and contacting staff in local businesses to assist with the search.

“At this time we seek assistance from the public in tracing Irene safe and well. If anyone has any information as to her whereabouts, please contact police at Govan or Glasgow West End Police Office immediately on the 101 number.”