Vulnerable St Leonards pensioner found safe after going missing

A POLICE officer has been praised for bringing a vulnerable pensioner back home after he went missing.

Sergeant Chris Ambrose refused to go off-duty until the 80-year-old dementia sufferer, who had jumped out of a window at the care home, was found.

The pensioner left hospital earlier that day after suffering a fall, which left him with injuries to his face including two black eyes and wearing a neck brace.

Police found blood on the exterior wall of the care home where he had injured himself jumping out last Wednesday night (1 August).

On arriving at the scene Sgt Ambrose set up a co-ordinated search plan around the care home in Filsham Road. A police dog was used to assist but the police helicopter could not be used as the weather conditions were poor.

Officers were sent to his home address in Rye to see if he had contacted his wife or managed to get home but he had not.

Twitter was then used and responses were posted online saying that a man fitting the pensioner’s description had been seen in Rock-a-Nore Road.

Sgt Ambrose then sent his officer to search the surrounding area and the man was found in Harold Road, about three miles away from his care home. He had been missing for four-and-a-half hours, was wet but in good spirits.

Inspector Mark Boughton said: “Chris is a dedicated officer and was determined that he wasn’t going off duty until this vulnerable missing man had been found.

“We were all concerned for the gentleman as the weather conditions were deteriorating that night and we knew he didn’t know the area well. This was a job well done.”