Update 12:20hrs 7th September. FOUND! Mr Williams has been found safe and well in the city centre and is being checked over in hospital. Thank you to all who shared the appeal. Great news! :D x

West Midlands Police are currently searching for a pensioner with dementia who walked out of his care home last night.

Frank Williams, 88, was reported missing at 10.21pm last night (Friday 6 September) over an hour after he wandered out of his care home on Ivy House Road, in West Heath.

Police sniffer dogs are supporting local officers who are searching for Mr Williams and his description has been circulated to neighbouring police forces, local hospitals and bus drivers. The West Midlands Police helicopter has also been providing aerial support using powerful thermal imaging cameras to scour open land.

Formerly of Sheldon, Mr Williams is described by carers as white, 5’10” tall and of slight build. He has receding grey hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. Mr Williams usually wears a shirt, tie and jumper and at the time of his disappearance was wearing a thick blue quilted coat.

Inspector Patricia Rigney, from Bournville police station is leading the search. She said: “Mr Williams has been missing before but as time goes on we’re becoming more concerned for his welfare.

“Mr Williams requires regular medication and does not have a phone… with him”

“I would ask that anyone who has seen Mr Williams over night or spots him this morning to call us straight away.”

Anyone who has seen Frank Williams should call police immediately on 101.


  1. The number of old people just disappearing should raise serious questions about the security in care homes.people pay a lot of money to try to have their sick, vulnerable relatives looked after.hope he is found safe.

  2. Oh dear.
    My next, most immediate reaction however is:

    wtf were the care-workers doing to allow him to wander out and away?

    A scandal.

  3. Does he have a walking stick? I’ve just run past an old guy who looks similar on the redditch road in kings Norton about half hour ago. He was heading towards west heath just near the dentist. Hope you find him

  4. This may not be helpful right now, but it really does beg the question was staff sleeping ?!?!?!
    Hope this fella is found soon, very soon !!!

  5. My grandma used to go to this home before we moved her. How could the staff even let this happen?! People are paying to have their loved ones looked after and cared for and the care just isn’t there atall, this place is disgusting and full of unqualified useless staff. SHUT IT DOWN!!!

  6. FOUND! Mr Williams has been found safe and well and is being checked over in hospital. Thank you to all who shared the appeal. Great news! :D x


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