The Hull family are desperate for a grandfather with dementia
The family of a retiree with dementia fear he has tried to return home to his wife, more than 24 hours have now passed since his last visit.
Grandfather John Leonard Andrew, a retired sheet metal worker, disappeared from the Royal Hull Infirmary yesterday morning (Saturday) around 11 a.m.
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The 87-year-old was admitted in the early hours of Saturday morning after being found lost on Shannon Road in Longhill.
We now know from CCTV that after leaving the hospital, John was seen entering Paragon Station at 11:20 am, where he bought a newspaper from the WHSmith inside, before heading to the mall. St Stephen where he read the newspaper.
He then left St Stephen’s at 11:48 am, exiting the main entrance towards Ferensway.
The next known sighting of him was just over an hour later at 1 p.m., when he was seen walking the A165 George Street towards North Bridge and east of Hull , where he lived with his wife of over 60, Joan.
He hasn’t been since then, but Humberside Police are currently scanning CCTV and dispatching drones in an attempt to find him.
John’s grandson, Reegan Andrew, said the family were frantic with worry and didn’t sleep overnight.
“The hospital nurse said she left for a few minutes to treat another patient, and when she came back he was gone.”
“We didn’t all sleep. The police arrived at 4 am this morning when they told us he had been seen at Paragon station, but we did not see the CCTV before it. be made public.
“We just feel like we’re not going anywhere, searching and searching. The police told us different things and today’s police inspector was not fully informed of his surrender, so we have to repeat everything. It’s a waste of precious time. “
Described by Reegan as a “shy man,” John is 5 feet 10 inches tall and of average height. He was last seen wearing a navy-colored jacket and pants.
“He is very shy and stays alone. He doesn’t like to be alone, he prefers to be at home with my grandmother Joan. They live in the east of Hull, so we wonder if he was trying to make his the way back to her. “
Reegan urges everyone in downtown Hull yesterday, especially those in St Stephen’s between 11:30 am and 12 noon, to remember.
John grew up north and east of Hull, so it is also possible that he is trying to return to a place he knows well.
People are urged to check out outbuildings where John may have sheltered from the cold, while residents and businesses in the area should check their CCTV, if they have any.
Anyone who thinks they have seen John or has information about his whereabouts are urged to contact Humberside Police on 101, citing newspaper 173 for January 8.
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