Missing Bryn Mellor found safe after police search

Bryn Mellor
Image caption Bryn Mellor has dementia and a heart condition and had not been seen since Tuesday

A 71-year-old man missing from a Kent care home has been found in the garden of a derelict house nearby.

Bryn Mellor, who has dementia and a heart condition, was last seen at his care home in Sturry on Tuesday.

He was found conscious and suffering from mild exposure by a neighbour's dog on Friday afternoon, police said.

More than 60 police officers and volunteers had spent three days looking for him with the help of a helicopter and police dogs.

'Reunited with family'

It followed a confirmed sighting of Mr Mellor outside the Golden Lion pub in the Broad Oak area.

He had gone missing from his care home in Park View, Sturry, at about 16:10 BST on Tuesday.

Insp Steve Parks said he was found just after 16:15 BST on Friday and had been taken to hospital to be checked over.

He said Mr Mellor had been reunited with his family.

In a statement, relatives said they were "overjoyed to have Bryn back with us".

They also thanked everyone involved in the search for him.

"That includes Kent Police, the Kent Search and Rescue volunteers, the community in Sturry, the soldiers from Howe Barracks and the media. They have all been brilliant," they said.

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