Search for Wicklow woman (78) to resume at first light


The search for a 78-year-old woman missing from a Co Wicklow nursing home since Christmas night has been called off for the night and will resume at first light tomorrow.

Maura Reynolds, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease went missing from Tara Nursing Home on Putland Road in Bray on Christmas day.  She also has cancer of the spine and is unable to walk long distances.

Gardaí searching for Mrs Reynolds have so far concentred the search around the Bray Head area of the town.

The Coastguard and the Garda Water Unit have been assisting in the search.

There have been possible sightings of a woman matching her description, between 9.30pm and 10pm on December 25th.

The alarm was raised by staff by staff at the nursing home in Bray at 6.30am on St Stephen's Day when her bed was found to be empty.

Ms Reynolds is described as 163cm (5ft 4in) with white hair and she walks with a slight stoop.

She is believed to have been wearing a dark purple suit. According to members of her family, she had been dropped back to the home at 9.30pm on December 25th after enjoying Christmas dinner with them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bray Garda station at 01-666 5300.