"Thank you Buxton police for finding my mum" says grateful family after mother with dementia went missing

An elderly vulnerable woman with dementia went missing from home in Buxton but was safely found by Buxton Safer Neighbour Team whose actions have been praised by the family members.

By Lucy Ball
Sunday, 21st February 2021, 12:56 pm

The elderly woman went missing from her Buxton home on Friday, February 19 and an emergency call was made to the police.

Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, who were out proactively policing in Buxton at the time, said: “An emergency call was made to us about an elderly female who was suffering with dementia who had gone missing from her home address.”

Missing Persons incidents are responded to with the upmost urgency, especially when the person reported as missing has any type of vulnerability. In this case the female was elderly and confused and police were extremely worried about her in the first instance.

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Buxton Police safely located the missing woman with dementia and returned her to her home

The police spokesperson said: “Thanks to some quick action and some fantastic investigation from our response team and SNT the female was located swiftly, where she was returned to her home address, the kettle was quickly put on and she was made a nice brew and reunited with a very concerned son.”

Praising the actions of the police on social media Samantha Anderson, daughter of the missing woman, said: “Thank you Buxton police for finding my mum.”

The Buxton Advertiser has contacted Samantha to do a follow-on piece on the safe return of her mother.

For anyone who needs to contact the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team can reach them here or via 101 in the case of a non emergency.