Thursday 19 April 2018

'We can't wait to have her home' - relief as Irish pensioner with Alzheimer's found after two days missing in the UK

Bridget Ann McLaughlin is missing in the UK
Photo: Met Police
Bridget Ann McLaughlin is missing in the UK Photo: Met Police

Kathy Armstrong

The family of an Irish pensioner who went missing in the UK for two days have spoken of their relief after she was found by police, saying: "We can't wait to have her home."

There were searches for Bridget Ann McLaughlin, who suffers from Alzheimer's, after she went missing from the Hillingdon area of London on Wednesday morning.

Thankfully Bridget Ann (78), who is originally from Achill Island in Co Mayo, was located by the Met Police at Golders Green station shortly after 11am today.

Her daughter Lisa spoke of her relief after her mother was located.

She told Independent.ie: "It was terrifying, it's been a terrible few nights not knowing where she was or what had happened.

"After two days of being out by herself she must be absolutely exhausted, we don't know if she has been eating, drinking water or sleeping at all.

"The police said said that she appears well so they're going to bring her home to us, then if she needs it we'll bring her to the hospital to get checked over.

"We just can't wait to get her home now."

Lisa also thanked everyone who helped to raise awareness about the search efforts for her mother.

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