Incident 9/2009

At 14:37 this afternoon our Team Leader Garry Rhodes was contacted directly by the GMP Force Duty Manager regarding the team’s assistance with an ongoing search for a missing woman in the Shevington Vale area of Standish.

With Police investigations becoming more involved, it was decided to put the team on standby at 15:10 in preparation for an early evening search commencement. At the same time, trail dog handler Iain Nicholson and his trail dog Mij (Iain Nicholson, Bowland Pennine MRT & SARDA Wales) were also contacted by our Team Leader to similarly be available for an early evening start.

The woman had been missing since the late the previous evening in circumstances giving the Police cause for the concern.

As team members were assembling at our Ladybridge Hall Base/HQ for a 18:00 departure, the news was received that the missing woman had turned up safely back at her home address and the team was therefore stood down.

In total, at the time of stand-down, 21 team members were responding to this incident, which would also have involved our catering and control trailers.

GMP Police resources known to have been involved in this operation included a GMP Missing Person Search manager, Divisional officers, and the GMP Air Support Unit helicopter.