Two weeks on, Alma's family seeking answers
THE family of missing Exeter pensioner Alma Royle said they are now just craving answers as nearly two weeks have passed since she was last seen.
Concern has been growing by the day for Alma, 83, and police, volunteers and rescue teams continue to be out searching for her.
But despite the huge manhunt her whereabouts and disappearance remains a mystery.
Police said the investigation is now focusing on the events leading up to her disappearance to generate further lines of enquiry.
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Alma was last seen in public on CCTV leaving the Co-Op in Dunsford Road at about 4.30pm on Friday, July 26.
The alarm was raised the following night but so far she has vanished without trace.
The focus has been on an area around her home in Heron Road.
Her daughter Louise Johnson, who flew to Exeter from her home in Paris to help with the search, told the Echo: "She has just vanished. It is a complete mystery. There have been no sightings of her since the Co-Op and it seems she did not get back from there as none of the shopping was in the house.
"I don't hold out much hope. People keep saying to keep hoping while they are still looking but it is difficult, especially with the current weather.
"I just want her to be found. Even if we are looking for a body. It is so difficult when it is a missing person.
"I keep hoping there will be some news as eventually the search will all be scaled down and when it is the uncertainty will remain.
"The trouble is she lived such a quiet life and had no mobile phone just a bank account.
"My daughter came down from Manchester for a few days and I am looking to stay maybe until the end of the week. I cannot really do anything else here.
"I keep hoping but it has been well over a week now. I have just been trying to keep myself busy by going through all her old papers and trying to sort all her stuff out."
DI Ben Deer from Exeter CID said the search is continuing. He said: "Search team officers are continuing to look for Alma. The investigation is currently looking at events leading up to disappearance to hopefully provide lines of enquiry."
Alma is approximately 5ft 5ins tall with a slight stoop, proportionate build and has white/grey hair. She was wearing a green blouse and a long dark tartan skirt with dark tights and black shoes. She was carrying a dark bag which contained a loaf of bread, a newspaper and a tub of hummus.
Contact police on 101, quoting log 806 of 27/07/13.