Family appeals for help in search for missing woman

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Police have renewed their appeal for information about a woman missing from her Langside Road home since Tuesday, October 18.

Janet McQueen, (58), was last seen by her neighbour leaving home around 9pm hours that night.

This week officers involved in the search for Janet were joined by her sister, Fiona Kilcoyne, at a press conference at Cathcart Police office, where she read a statement from the family appealing for help.

She said: “The family are now really worried about my sister Janet. We regularly speak to her on the phone and for her to disappear for this length of time is really concerning.

“Janet is sociable and is reasonably well known around Govanhill after living there for the last year. She has established patterns which she enjoys.

“Most mornings Janet makes her way from Langside Road where she lives, to the Sir John Stirling Maxwell pub in Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands, for coffee and cake.

“Janet loves her dog and it is really concerning that she left the dog at home, alongside her mobile phone and her purse. We are worried sick not knowing where she is at this time.

“All of the family have been reaching out to her friends to see if they have heard from her. We are in routine communication with the police as part of their investigation. If anyone has any information that can help, please contact the police immediately.

“All we want is to know that Janet is safe and well. If Janet is watching this, please get in contact, let us know that you are safe. We love you and we miss you.”

Chief Inspector Chief Inspector Graham McInarlin, Area Commander for Cathcart, said: “Earlier on Tuesday afternoon Janet had been on a bus in Baillieston where due to the fact she seemed a bit distressed and confused – the bus driver called police who took her home.

“This was at around 3pm. However, it would appear that around 9pm, she left her home again, this time saying to her neighbour that she was heading off to visit family – but it is unclear who in particular she was going to see.”

“She didn’t take her dog Palsy with her – it is now with relatives – we do not believe she has money or a mobile with her.

“Despite a search by officers in the area including door to door interviews, checks via CCTV and with local bus and taxi companies, Janet has not been seen since Tuesday night.”

“On Tuesday (October 25), police conducted a stop and interview operation in the Govanhill area stretching out to Shawlands.

“Close to 150 people were spoken to and officers are currently sifting through the information received. However, as yet, officers are still to determine any new lines of enquiry as to her disappearance.”

“What we know is that every morning, Janet usually goes to from her home in Langside Road to the Sir John Stirling Maxwell pub in Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands, for a cup of coffee and cake and sometimes later in the afternoon, the James Tassie public house, but she hasn’t been seen in either recently.

“Janet also collects prescriptions on a daily basis and we know she has not collected those prescriptions. There are real concerns for her welfare.”

“While there is nothing at this time to indicate suspicious circumstances or foul play, we need to establish that she is safe and well and has not come to any harm.”

Janet is described as white, 5ft tall, of slim build with short black hair. She was wearing glasses, a black anorak and dark coloured trousers when she was last seen.”

“Anyone with information on Janet’s whereabouts, or who has information that may assist the ongoing investigation should contact officers here at Cathcart Police Office through 101.”

“Thank you to the public for continuing to share this appeal.”