Posted: Wed 9th Mar 2016

Further search of the River Taff as search continues for Lorraine Ridout. /
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 9th, 2016

South Wales Police is continuing its investigation into the whereabouts of Lorraine, aged 57 from Gabalfa, who has been missing since around 7pm on January 31. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Although there is no evidence that Lorraine has entered the river, this is something that continues to concern the family, and officers have carried out a fifth search of the river. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Officers met with Lorraine’s two daughters yesterday to provide an update on the investigation and provide further reassurance that finding their mother is a priority for South Wales Police. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Inspector Ian Randell, from Fairwater Police Station, said: “We can only imagine how distressing this must be for Lorraine’s family and friends. Finding Lorraine remains a priority for South Wales Police and we continue to do everything possible, with the information available, to find her. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“On Friday, police divers checked a further section of the River Taff near Clarence Bridge, Grangetown, where the family believed Lorraine might have been. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“South Wales Police has been, and will continue to do, everything possible to find Lorraine.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Lorraine was last seen at the Premier Shop on Gabalfa Avenue and there have been no confirmed sightings since.
Since Lorraine was reported missing on February 1 officers have carried out a range of enquiries including searches of the River Taff and Taff Trail by the mounted section, police dogs, neighbourhood officers, specialist search officers, and air support. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Other enquiries include:
· House to house
· Speaking with Lorraine’s family, friends and people who know her.
· Checking hostels, night shelters and hospitals.
· Provided photos of Lorraine to rail and bus companies.
· A detailed examination of CCTV in areas Lorraine is known to frequent
· The distribution of, with the help of the community, more than 1000 appeal posters kindly produced by the charity Missing People. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anyone with information is asked to please call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number *036372. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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