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John Boyd, 77, disappeared from the fields near his home in Downham Market, Norfolk, on January 4, prompting Norfolk police to launch an exhaustive search for the retiree.
The force sent teams of officers to hunt through dense, thorny brush and along flooded farmland in a massive four-day search for Mr. Boyd, who has dementia.
But Mr. Boyd, a Salvation Army officer, was in fact found by Metropolitan Police officers at King’s Cross Station in London a few hours after he was reported missing and he was taken to hospital.
Norfolk police said they would launch a review to investigate why it took four days to identify Mr. Boyd, whom police described as “vulnerable.”
Chief Superintendent David Buckley, Norfolk County Police Commander, said: “We will of course speak with partner agencies in London to see if there are any lessons to be learned to ensure that no opportunities were missed that could have led to John being identified. as found before.
During the four-day hunt, police posted missing-person posters with his photograph in shops, pubs and even on lamp posts and bulletin boards in towns amid fears that he was wandering without warm clothing or food.
A call for help was made in the local press, and police used drones to conduct aerial searches in the field, while officers went door-to-door asking residents to check their CCTVs.
Checks were carried out at local hospitals, taxi drivers were questioned if they had picked him up, broadcasts were made on local television and radio, and parents taking children to school were asked to take care of him.
CCTV was checked at Downham Market train station, controlled by the British Transport Police, but they said he had not been seen on any recording at the station or boarding any trains.
Law enforcement teams also searched the fields along the A10 on the east edge of Downham Market and her disappearance circulated through national law enforcement systems.
Mr Boyd’s family
Mr. Boyd’s family also paid tribute to the people at Downham Market after residents came together to help police search the town and surrounding countryside.
The force dispatched teams of officers to hunt through dense, thorny undergrowth and along flooded farmland in a massive four-day search for Mr. Boyd, who has dementia
Norfolk police said they would review why it took four days to identify Mr. Boyd, whom police described as “vulnerable.” In the picture: Missing person poster for Mr. Boyd.
Mr Boyd’s son Nigel said:
“We as a family would like to thank the people of Downham for their kindness and support over the past week. We have been overwhelmed by the response.
‘We would like to extend a special thanks to those who braved the conditions and came out looking for him. This is truly an extraordinary community. ‘
Boyd’s granddaughter, Ruth Walford, told the BBC that she was “completely overwhelmed” by the response from the local community.
She continued: ‘It’s so overwhelming and we’re so excited it really feels like a little miracle.
“It was probably the hardest week of my life. We were increasingly prepared for the worst.
A relative confirmed on social media that Mr Boyd was found at King’s Cross in London on Tuesday night and was being treated at a London hospital.
They said: ‘John has been found safe and sound and will be coming home shortly.
‘We are eternally grateful for all that you have done, the community is truly remarkable and we feel blessed to call you our neighbors. You are all heroes.
One resident who joined the search party said he was “delighted” that Mr. Boyd had been found safe and sound and said he “couldn’t have asked for a happier ending.”
Downham Market Mayor Jenny Groom said she was aware of at least 300 people who came out looking for Boyd and said he was “overwhelming” that they found him alive and well.