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Chances of finding missing woman alive getting 'slimmer', police say

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THE chances of finding a missing 75-year-old woman alive are becoming 'slimmer all the time', a senior police officer has said.

Emergency services resumed the search operation for Valerie Jehan on Monday morning. Mrs Jehan was last seen getting off the bus near Devil's Hole at 12:07 pm on Friday. She had left her home around 35 minutes earlier saying she was going out for a walk.

Now Chief Inspector Chris Beechey has said the force have received many calls with information about the pensioner but no further sightings have been reported.

Chief Insp Beechey said: 'With no further confirmed sightings of Valerie we believe she may have got into difficulties in the area of Devil's Hole.

"Much of the area has been extensively searched by many agencies but as yet we have found no trace of her, however the search continues.

"That said with the weather, the terrain and her age we are increasingly concerned for her welfare and sadly believe the chances of finding her alive are becoming slimmer all the time.

'We however, continue to search and support the family during this horrific time.

"I would once again like to appeal to anyone who was in the area of Devil's Hole on Friday lunchtime or afternoon to call us on 612612 with any information you have. Anything could help us so please get in touch, this includes negative sightings as well.'

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