Sister of missing Sompting woman makes appeal

Jill Barns has been reported missing. Picture supplied by Sussex Police
Jill Barns has been reported missing. Picture supplied by Sussex Police

The sister of missing Sompting woman Jill Barnes is appealing to anyone who has seen her to contact police.

Police are concerned for the welfare of 72-year-old Jill was last seen at 10pm on Monday, November 23, at her home in Western Road.

Gwen Davies said: “My sister is very quiet and unassuming and a creature of habit. She hardly goes out except to walk her Westie dog Carly twice a day in the area.

“She only speaks to people she knows but she is friendly with a lot of the dog walkers in the area. We sometimes go to Lancing beach to walk her dog.

“I want to appeal to anyone who thinks they may have seen her to contact police immediately. We are desperate to hear of any news of her.”

Gwen also wanted to appeal to Jill directly, she said: “Jill you are not in any trouble please get in touch to let us know you are safe.”

Inspector Roy Hodder said: “We are extremely concerned for the welfare of Jill. Officers assisted by the police helicopter, search and rescue volunteers and West Sussex Fire and Rescue have been searching outbuildings, sheds, the area around nearby Brooklands Park where she regularly walks her dog, the beach and knocking on doors asking if anyone has seen her since she was reported missing.

“This is out of character for Jill as she tends to have the same routine and she hasn’t gone missing before.”

Jill is described as white, 5ft 4in, of large build, with short grey hair, green eyes and a ruddy complexion. It is not known what she was wearing when she went missing but she may not be wearing a coat or shoes.

Contact police on 101 quoting serial 0553 of 24/11 or if she is in danger or in need of urgent medical attention ring 999 immediately.

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