Devon officials, with the help of volunteers, are still searching for a missing 65-year-old woman named Theresa Hamilton who was last seen on a path near the Hunters Inn on the Heddon Valley near Lynton last Friday, July 21.
Standing at 5’4” of slight build, with shoulder-length dyed red hair, Hamilton was last seen near the Hunters Inn wearing a bright blue rain jacket, shorts, and gray walking boots while carrying a dark-colored backpack. Hamilton was reported to be missing after she was not able to return from a planned walk from the Hunters Inn to Lee Abbey near Lynton around 4 PM.
Devon police presented an appeal to the public concerning the missing woman.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) launched two Ilfracombe lifeboats to assist coastguards and policemen in the search operation.
Both RNLI Ilfracombe all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Barry and Peggy High Foundation and the inshore lifeboat (ILB) Deborah Brown II were launched at 9:30 PM the night Hamilton was reported missing. The lifeboats returned from the coastline search the next Saturday morning, July 22 at 1:30 AM, and returned with no traces of Hamilton.
Last Saturday, both lifeboats resumed their search operations at 2:30 PM and returned to the coast of Heddon’s Mouth at low tide to search close along the rocks and cliffs. The teams searched for three hours before returning to the Ilfracombe lifeboat station at 6:10 PM with no clue of the whereabouts of Hamilton.
The ILB Deborah Brown II was launched again last Sunday in approval to the request of coastguards to continue the search operation. The third search operation of the RNLI also bore no clue of the missing 65-year-old woman.
Witnesses with information regarding the location or clues of any individual matching Theresa Hamilton’s descriptions are asked to contact the police on 101, quoting the Devon and Cornwall police log number 793190719.