Beryl Has Been Found

Update 9 May 12 20

TVP Statement confirming Beryl has been found:

A woman who was reported missing from Henley-on-Thames has been found safe. Beryl Flynn, aged 81, who was missing since Sunday was found this morning in woodland near Henley. Thank you to the public, the media and volunteer search teams for assistance in locating her.

Updated 9 May 11.00am


Reports are coming through on Henley Facebook pages that Beryl has been found in the woods behind Swiss Farm.

We are waiting confirmation from Thames Valley Police.

Tonight (Tuesday) we co-ordinated a search party which covered the following areas:

Empstead Works, Trinity Churchyard, Normanstead, Greys Road up to the Close and The Close
St Marks and St Andrews Road
Belle View, Cromwell Road and Berkshire Road
Western Road
Adams Court, Northfield End, Bell Stree, Church Lane and Leicester Close
Milton Close, Paradise Lane and Road
Towpath from Shiplake back to Marsh Lock
Towpath from Henley to Marsh Lock
Fairmile up to Cemetary
Makins Road odd numbers
Haywards and Harcourt Close
Greys Road from Top Shops upwards including Thorne Close and Sherwood Gardens
Up to Marsh lock, Mill Lane, The Timber Yard. The lane down to the new development on the old Jet garage site, YMCA woods and the lanes up Peppard Lane and down the side of Gillotts school field.
Peppard Lane, Rotherfield Road and War Memorial Place

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at short notice this evening.  Although we didn’t find Beryl we hope we’ve helped get the attention of more people to look out for her.  Our thoughts are with her family.


Tonight (Tues) 6.30pm co-ordinated search party.  Meet at Market Place to be given an area.


Update 8 May at 11.27

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for the public’s help in tracing an elderly woman who remains missing.  Police Helicopter is now up again over the town.

Officers and search volunteers from Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue are continuing to look for Beryl in the Henley area.

Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint said: “We are extremely concerned for Beryl’s welfare as she has been missing for a significant amount of time and has Dementia. I would request any business owners in Henley returning to work after the Bank Holiday weekend to check their CCTV, outbuildings and grounds.

“I would also like to appeal to anyone who was visiting Henley over the past few days to call us if they saw anyone matching Beryl’s description. If you have any information at all, please contact police.”

If you have any information about Beryl’s whereabouts or any CCTV you think may be significant please call the 24-hour enquiry centre on 101 quoting the reference 807 6/5.


Update 7 May 10.00am

Police tweeted at 1.57am “Exceptionally busy night in Henley, elderly female still not found despite huge numbers of officers, search and rescue and community searching for hours, please check your sheds & outbuildings. Search continues through the night, heartened at the care & compassion of our team”

Many people went out to help with the search last night and the police helicopter was circling the town trying to locate Beryl from around 9pm last night. There was a possibly sighting at midnight on Greys Road.

If you are out helping to look for Beryl, please comment below on where you have looked and the time/day so that everyone can see which areas have been covered.

Our thoughts are with Beryl’s family.


Beryl Flynn, aged 81, was last seen today (6/5) at 10am during a service at Holy Trinity Church in Church Street, Henley-on-Thames.

She is likely to have walked from the church, but has not been seen since.

Beryl is white, 5ft 5ins, has short silver/white hair, and was last seen wearing a light blue raincoat, a black skirt, and was carrying a black handbag.

Inspector Andrew Pickwick said: “We are concerned for Beryl’s welfare as she has Dementia, so may have become confused or forgetful after leaving church and has been missing for a number of hours.

“Henley has been very busy with many people out enjoying the sunshine. I would like to appeal to anyone in the area to look out for Beryl and immediately and report any possible sightings of anyone matching her description to Thames Valley Police.”

If you have any information about Beryl’s whereabouts please call the 24-hour enquiry centre on 101 quoting the reference 807 6/5.

  1. Fiona Chapman says:

    I have searched the woods behind my house in remenham either side of the footpath running from white Hill to remenham church lane. We have gone deep into the woods on either side of the path in case she strayed off the path. We also searched the now closed path between this footpath and the one that runs up behind upper Thames rowing club and again deep into the fir tree woods either side. No luck unfortunately but it’s such a huge area and only 4 of us looking. Hope she is found soon. Is there an organised search party that we should join?

  2. Maria says:

    We search the church yard when she was last seen and around the train station car park and the stream area between the railway and the car park by the childrens play area. This was between 11pm last night and 1am this morning.

  3. Laura Reineke says:

    We’ve searched Berkshire Road up including Chiltern End & all alleyways. If we knew where to look, or even where has been searched we could help better.

  4. Philippa says:

    Searched spinney by gravett close up the chalk Hill down to valley road approx 10am this morning. Met search and rescue sniffer dog patrol.

  5. Jess Lewis says:

    Having found an elderly lady in similar circumstances, in her neighbour’s garden, could you publicise her address and what would be her normal route home? I wondered why the helicopter was out yesterday and early this morning.. Any news? Poor Beryl, this heat is not easy to deal with.Thank you Jess Lewis

  6. Michael says:

    Hi myself and my daughter did the path from gillotts down to green lane last night 2300 – 0100

  7. Christine says:

    Christine, 7.5.18 also searched green lane from St Andrews road end this lunchtime and also looked across Gillotts school playing fields although did not search wooded area. Will continue to keep an eye out when walking my dogs in and around Henley

  8. Diana Lazzaro says:

    This morning (11 am), I looked along Crisp Road and side streets, Hop Gardens and apartment car parks there and the Waitrose public toilets. Badgemore school was gated and locked, so I don’t think she could get in there.

    • Editor says:

      We are waiting for an update from Thames Valley Police. As soon as we have this, we will publish this and share on social media.

  9. Sarah says:

    I’ve just done a quick search from the church to York RD, all around Greys rd car park and loos.

  10. Chris Millard says:

    Checked Empstead Works, Trinity Churchyard, Normanstead, Greys Road up to the Close and The Close.

  11. Penny Studholme says:

    We’ve just covered all the odd numbers on Makins Road, knocking on all doors and asking people to search their gardens/garages/sheds etc. A percentage were aware, and those who weren’t, now are. But nothing to report, I’m afraid. We ran out of time so were only able to do a few of the even numbers.

  12. Janine Stevens says:

    Laura doing Berkshire we have all done belle vue and Cromwell nothing to report some people didn’t know she was missing so pleased we have knocked on doors. Having to go home now . Janine , penny and Sarah

  13. Graeme Taylor says:

    I have just visited every house in Western Road, most people are aware of the situation and have seen nothing. A few have been away for the weekend and are now updated.

  14. Ali Harkin says:

    I have searched the fairmile on the left hand side heading out of Henley up to and including the cemetery. Saw a policeman and three lowland search officers covering the same ground as we headed back into town so that area should have been well covered.

  15. carol hodges says:

    Thank you Henley Herald for co-ordinating this. I wonder if the Church could open as a central meeting point where she was last seen?

  16. Laura Reineke says:

    Well done Michaela, you did a brilliant job with the search parties. So delighted Beryl has been found.

    • Editor says:

      Thank you Laura and everyone else who helped searched last night. I hope that perhaps the list I posted afterwards helped the police and search and rescue volunteers narrow down the search. I was talking to someone at Swiss Farm today who hadn’t heard and thought that was one area we didn’t send someone last night. It so good to report such brilliant news for a change.

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