Pensioner found in London four days after going missing in Norfolk

John Boyd, 77, who has been missing from Downham Market since January 4.

John Boyd, who has been missing since Tuesday, has been found in London following a four-day search operation - Credit: Norfolk Police

A missing 77-year-old man from Downham Market has been found in London.

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Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue searching for missing pensioner John Boyd on farmland near Downham Market - Credit: Chris Bishop

John Boyd, who suffers from dementia, was last seen in the town on Tuesday, prompting a large-scale search operation.

Search and rescue teams and members of the public assisted with the efforts and had been using drones and foot patrols to help locate him.

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A searcher out in the pouring rain looks for missing John Boyd - Credit: Chris Bishop

During Saturday, volunteers from the Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue were out in force, hunting through hedgerows and combing fields to locate the man.

On Saturday evening Norfolk Police said: "Officers were notified today that John Boyd had been found safe and well in the London area. The family have been made aware."

Police thanked the public for their help in sharing the appeal.

It is understood he was found at King's Cross Station in the capital on Tuesday and was been looked after in a London Hospital. 

Mr Boyd's granddaughter thanked everyone who had been involved in helping with the search and said it was "the best day."

Ruth Walford, in a local Facebook group, added that she has been "overwhelmed by the response" and said: "We would like to extend special thanks to those who have braved the conditions and gone out searched for him. 

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"This truly is a remarkable community." 

There has been an outpouring of relief from members of the public, who have been sharing their elation on local community Facebook groups.

One member of the public said "what a fantastic community" and thanked all who had given up their time to search for John while another said the news had "made their week."

Tracey Garrod posted: "Fantastic news. We'll done to whoever found him."

Bethanie Eaglen-Smith added: "That's amazing news I'm so glad he is safe! We've all been out looking."

Aneta Barham said: "Oh wow thanks be to God and all amazing people searching for him!"