Missing person search underway in the east of the Island

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A SEARCH operation for a missing 65-year-old woman is currently underway in the east of the Island.

The Channel Islands Air Search aircraft (28907620)

According to the States police, Elizabeth McDougall was last seen in the area of Route de la Hougue Bie in St Martin at around 5pm on Sunday (26 July). She was wearing a green-coloured parka jacket.

The Channel Islands Air Search aircraft – which is equipped with a high-powered night vision infra-red camera – was seen making several low passes over the search area.

An image taken during the search from the CIAS aircraft's infra-red camera. Picture: Channel Islands Air Search (28908268)

In a statement, a spokesperson for CIAS, said: 'At 1.02am on Monday 27 July, CIAS were alerted to a missing person last seen at La Route de La Hougue Bie, Jersey.

'Arriving on scene at 2.09am and using the Wescam [infra-red camera], the crew saturated the areas of Queen's Valley and identified various heat sources which were discounted as domestic animals. The weather was clear and using the camera, visibility was excellent from 2,000 feet.

'Police were asked to check a heat source in a field near Rue du Rue [in St Martin] but this was discounted. The search area widened and the surrounding roads and fields were checked with no trace of the missing person.

'Air Search 1 was stood down at 4.16am, landing in Guernsey [CIAS' base] at 4.23am.'

The track of the CIAS search plane which undertook several low passes over Jersey during the early hours of Monday morning. Picture: Flightradar24 (28908125)

Anyone who has seen Elizabeth or knows her whereabouts is urged to contact the States police by calling 612612 and selecting option 2.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor

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