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Kent Police appeal for help to find a missing woman who has links to Derbyshire

Posted on 9th May 2014

Kent Police has renewed its appeal for information to help find an 81-year-old woman who is believed to have been missing from her Westerham home since last month.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Margaret Payne, who was last seen on 27 April and it is possible she may be suffering from health issues.Margaret-Payne

Margaret has links in Derbyshire and South Wales and is known to have also regularly travelled to Surrey. One of the possibilities being investigated is that she may have set off to visit one of these areas but became confused.

A search has been carried out of Margaret’s Croydon Road home and areas close, as well as house to house enquiries. Officers are also reviewing CCTV and contacting transport companies to see if there are any images to help with the investigation.

District Commander for Sevenoaks, Chief Inspector Tim Cook said: ‘Although Margaret would have been recognisable to many people in her home area, it appears she was a private woman and not a great deal was known about her.

‘We have carried out extensive enquiries in local areas that we believe that Margaret may have visited and are also grateful for the assistance of volunteers from Kent Search and Rescue.

‘I would urge anyone who may recognise Margaret, including people living outside of Kent, to call us immediately. You may have seen her on a bus or a train or simply walking down a street, but every small bit of information can help us understand her movements.’

Anyone with information can contact Kent Police by calling 101, quoting incident reference KP-20140503-1022.

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