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Renewed appeal to find missing 79-year-old who vanished after visiting his Kennington flat

An appeal to find a missing 79-year-old last seen in Kennington a week ago is being renewed by police, who say they are ‘working to establish whether he might have come to harm’. 

Another theory is that he may have had a medical issue that has prevented him from contacting his family.

Officers say Edward Baller was last seen leaving his home in North Kensington to travel to a flat he rented out in Kennington’s Wincott Street at around midday on August 28 – Bank Holiday Saturday.

He did not return home and has not been seen or heard from since. 

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wood, from the Met’s specialist crime command said today: “Our concerns for Edward’s welfare are growing greater by the day.

“He is still missing, he is vulnerable and it remains a possibility that he has suffered a medical episode that is preventing him from making contact with his family. 

“We are keeping them updated as regularly as we can and have also informed them that we are working to establish whether he might have come to harm.

“Searches at the address in Wincott Street are ongoing and we also continue to conduct CCTV, door to door and hospital checks. 

“Members of the public, especially those in Wincott Street, should check any dash cam or doorbell footage they might have in case it has captured Edward.

“His family are suffering terribly and we need any members of the public who can help us to make contact immediately.”

Edward was last seen wearing dark coloured trousers, a denim jacket and carrying a denim bag. He is described as white, of average height and build with grey hair.

Anyone with information should call 999 or, the charity Missing People on 116 000.


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