Police find body of missing woman
THE body of a woman who had been missing for six days has been found in Winterbourne.
Mary Street, 68, went missing from Greengates residential home on Southmead Road on the morning of Saturday, September 22.
Her family and the police were immediately concerned due to her health problems, including dementia, and the bad weather at the time, and launched an appeal to find her and bring her home safe.
After she failed to return home, posters were put up in shopping areas and key commuter routes in and out of Bristol.
Following the public appeal and publicity in the Post, someone called the police to report seeing Mary – who was known as a good walker – in a rural area of Winterbourne on the day she went missing.
Officers were searching the area last Thursday when they discovered Mary's body off Swan Lane.
Detective Inspector Jill Kells said: "This is a desperately sad conclusion to an extensive search for Mary. I would like to extend my sympathies to Mary's family at what must be an extremely difficult time for them.
"Over the past few days we have received help from the public in raising awareness of Mary's disappearance. I am grateful for the help everyone has given."
When the search was on-going, Mary's sister Jill Mayo told the Post she was worried Mary may have gone through Winterbourne and out into the countryside.
"Mary suffers from a form of dementia which means she struggles with certain memories," she said.
"We know she showed a special interest in Winterbourne and she may have kept going out into the rural areas beyond."
The much-loved 68-year- old was a keen musician and had been a teacher for most of her working life.
Anyone who saw Mary while she was missing should call Avon and Somerset police on 101.