Community praised for search of Halifax pensioner

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A Calderdale police chief has praised the efforts of the general public, police and rescue teams after a Halifax pensioner who went missing from his home for five days was found.

Granville Muir, 75, was reported missing on Saturday morning and concerns were growing for his well-being.

A massive police search was launched to try and find him involving district officers as well as specialist search and rescue resources including the mounted section, dog unit and NPAS helicopter.Partners from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (an organisation made up entirely of volunteers) and British Transport Police also provided invaluable help.

The Force was also supported by members of the media who featured police appeals and members of the public who shared and retweeted appeals that went out on facebook, twitter and youtube.

Mr Muir was found safe and well, although a little dehydrated and fragile at 7.45pm on Wednesday in a field off of Scarr Bottom Road, Halifax. He was taken to hospital where he is recovering well from his ordeal.

Superintendent Owen West of Calderdale District Police, said: “We were growing very concerned for Granville so I am delighted to report a happy ending.

“On behalf of the Calderdale District and Adele Muir (Granville’s daughter) I would like to thank everyone who helped in the search.

“It truly was a team effort with everyone working together on behalf of a vulnerable missing man. 

“The fact that we have been able to return Granville to his children and grand children is thanks to that effort and hard work, with people going above and beyond to help. 

“I also want to pay tribute to the media who ran our appeals and everyone who shared our messages through social media channels - the response from people was nothing short of phenomenal and really helped when time was of critical importance. It just shows the power of social media in particular to help in police operations.”