Police dogs and helicopter join search for missing woman in Falmouth area

Growing concerns for missing woman Kathleen Burkart has prompted a police appeal <i>(Image: Devon and Cornwall Police)</i>
Growing concerns for missing woman Kathleen Burkart has prompted a police appeal (Image: Devon and Cornwall Police)

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a pensioner who has been reported missing from the Mawnan Smith area.

Kathleen Burkart, aged 73, was last seen in the Mawnan Smith area at around lunch time on Saturday, November 26.

She is described as having grey hair, being of a slim build and is 5ft 7in tall.

She may be wearing wet weather gear and wellies.

She is believed to be in the Constantine area.

If you have seen Kathleen, or know of her whereabouts, please call police immediately on 999, quoting log number 768 of 27/11/22.

Falmouth Packet: A full length picture of Kathleen
Falmouth Packet: A full length picture of Kathleen

A full length picture of Kathleen (Image: Devon and Cornwall Police)

West Cornwall Serach and Rescue Team have been helping police since 12.20am today.

Two teams, alongside a controller, searched fields, tracks and wooded areas until the early hours of the morning, alongside police dog teams and the police helicopter.

A team spokesperson said: "The team completed all of our allocated search areas at 5am and were stood down, to resume the search in the daylight.

"We were re-tasked at 11am to search additional areas, alongside colleagues from East Cornwall Search & Rescue Team.

Falmouth Packet: West and East Cornwall Search and Rescue Teams helped police with the search
Falmouth Packet: West and East Cornwall Search and Rescue Teams helped police with the search

West and East Cornwall Search and Rescue Teams helped police with the search (Image: West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team)

"A water team consisting of both West and East Cornwall team members were also deployed as various water hazards were present.

"Following eight hours of searching, we were once again stood down pending further police investigations at 7pm."