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East Kilbride family's appeal to missing woman, 71

Anne Rooney Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Wilhelmina or Anne Rooney has not been seen since Monday morning

The family of a missing East Kilbride grandmother have made an emotional appeal for her return.

Wilhelmina Rooney, known as Anne, was last seen by her husband at their home in South Lanarkshire on Monday morning.

A large-scale search has been mounted for the 71-year-old, with police dogs and helicopters involved.

Her family issued an appeal directed to Mrs Rooney, saying: "Nothing's the same without you."

Sightings of the pensioner have been reported in East Kilbride, and her buss pass appears to have been used on Glasgow buses.

She previously went missing for several days about eight years ago, but officers are particularly concerned for her safety due to the current bad weather.

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Image caption Mrs Rooney's family issued an emotional appeal at East Kilbride police station

Mrs Rooney's husband Edward, son Paul and daughters Elaine Melrose and Alison Parker appealed for information on her whereabouts at East Kilbride Police station.

Mrs Parker read a family statement which said: "Hi mum - dad, Paul, Elaine, Arthur and me are all here today to tell you how much we love you and how much we miss you.

"Nothing's the same without you, mum. Your grandchildren all miss their gran too. They can't wait to give you hugs and big kisses, they all love you so much.

"Please mum, please come home or just even let us know that you're safe. We promise that there won't be loads of questions when you come back. You're not in any trouble, we just want you back home with us.

"We can fix anything because the Rooneys stick together."

'Unconfirmed sightings'

Mrs Rooney is described as white and about 5ft (1.5m) tall, with short grey hair, glasses and a ruddy complexion. She was wearing a dark jacket and carrying a purple bag.

Insp Mark Leonard, from Police Scotland, said: "From the information we have, Anne left at 10 in the morning on Monday and since then there's been no contact.

"If you think back to the start of the week the weather has been very severe so that made us class this as a high-risk missing person.

"We've got unconfirmed sightings of her on Monday morning within the local Stewartfield area. It appears someone matching her description was seen on CCTV in East Kilbride town centre on Monday and we're getting that firmed up.

"There appears also to have been activity on her bus card around the east end of Glasgow, also on Monday, and again local officers are following that up."

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