Police make new appeal: Community could be key to finding Ruth Anne Smith


Ruth has been missing since Friday 15th April 2016 – her family, friends and the police are concerned for her welfare. Image from the Walsall Advertiser.

This very important appeal from West Midlands Police in Walsall has been renewed – they’re very concerned for the welfare of Aldridge resident Ruth Anne Smith, who has been missing since Friday, 15th April 2016.

Ruth is familiar to many people in Aldridge, and the community have been hugely helpful in trying to find her; searches have been organised, posters printed and put up, etc.

Please, if you know where this lady might be, give the police a call on 101.

There’s an official statement by West Midlands Police below, and also the Walsall Advertiser has an article here.

Community could hold key to finding missing Aldridge woman

Police in Walsall believe the local community could hold the key to finding a woman who has been missing for almost four weeks, as officers grow desperately concerned for her welfare.

Ruth Smith is well known in Aldridge but has not been seen since leaving her home on the morning of Friday 15 April at around 10.20am.

A woman of routine, 42-year-old Ruth is regularly spotted in and around the village particularly at the library and The Croft. She is also a keen walker, who crosses fields near to Longwood Road, Aldridge Cricket Club, Aldridge Airport, Walsall Arboretum and Hobs Hole Lane.

It is thought she may have been living in these areas since leaving home.

At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a thin black coat and had two carrier bags containing items of clothing. She also had a cream/khaki satchel and an umbrella.

Detective Inspector Jackie Nicholson, from Walsall police station, said: “We have little in way of sightings on the 15th I am keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or spoken to Ruth on the day she vanished.

“I also want to encourage people to report any clothing or areas of possible rough sleepers within these locations to come forward, because this could be the key to understanding her whereabouts and finding her.

“Ruth has never been missing before and we are desperately concerned. I want to thank everyone who is sharing our appeal locally, we do really appreciate it.”

Police have been working around the clock to find Ruth safe and well. Friends and family have been spoken to and a number of addresses visited. Posters have been put up around the town in the hope that someone recognises her and knows where she is.

She is described as 5ft 1ins tall, with straight shoulder-length brown hair, of slim build, with glasses.

We would urge anyone who thinks that they may have seen Ruth to call Walsall Police as soon as they can on 101, or call the Missing People charity on 116 000.

Thank you.

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