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Welsh police urge public to look out for woman, 96, missing from Brecon

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Show caption Rita, 96, has been missing from Brecon since Saturday morning. Photograph: Dyfed-Powys police Wales Welsh police urge public to look out for woman, 96, missing from Brecon Woman, named as Rita, was last seen at 10.20am on Saturday and may be wearing a fleece jumper with a leaf design Mark Brown Sun 27 Feb 2022 19.53 GMT Share on Facebook

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Mountain rescue teams in the Brecon Beacons and nearby residents have been helping out in searches for a missing 96-year-old woman who has not been seen for more than 24 hours.

Dyfed-Powys police in south Wales said on Sunday they were becoming increasingly concerned for the woman, whom they named as Rita, but did not give her surname.

Rita was last seen at 10.20am on Saturday and may be wearing a fleece jumper with a leaf design, police said. She is thought to have been travelling on foot.

A photograph was also released by the force, who said: “Have you seen Rita, or do you have information that might help us find her?”

Rita is missing from where she lives in Brecon, a picturesque and historic market town on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Police said local residents would see an increased police presence in Brecon as inquires continued.

Searches were also being conducted by Brecon mountain rescue, Mid and West Wales fire service and the National Police Air Service.

The Brecon & Radnor Express reported that dozens of local residents had taken to the streets to help in the search for Rita. Some posted on social media to encourage people in Brecon to search any accessible areas of their property such as gardens, greenhouses, garages and sheds.

Fay Jones, the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, appealed on Twitter: “Please everyone – eyes peeled. Rita’s family and friends are desperately worried. It’s been reassuring to hear helicopters over Brecon all day but Rita needs to be found ASAP. Please get in touch if you have any information #FindRita.”

Fire crews were reported to be searching the River Usk.

Any sightings or anyone with information were asked to call 101 or email 101@dyfed-powys.police.co.uk or contact police online. The reference to quote is DP-20220226-221.

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