Page last updated at 23:27 GMT, Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:27 UK

Missing OAP family fear the worst

Julia Howard
Julia Howard has been missing since 16 June

The granddaughter of a pensioner who vanished 10 days ago while on holiday at a Mexican resort said she is now "fearing the worst".

Julia Howard, 77, disappeared after telling her relatives who she was with, that she was going to get a hat from her room before they went for a walk.

Gill Greaves, 33, from Kirknewton on the outskirts of Edinburgh, said her grandmother was of sane mind.

She also said she did not have dementia and knew the Moon Palace Resort well.

She flew into the five-star-resort on Monday 15 June with daughter Julia Brock, 55, son Henry Harvey, 56, and his wife, Glynnis Harvey, 55.

The following morning after breakfast they all decided to go for a walk and were waiting until Mrs Howard went up stairs to retrieve a hat from her room.

She never returned and they are now waiting for Mexican authorities to track her down.

I have no idea what could have happened to her - it is the most bizarre situation, people don't just vanish
Gill Greaves
Julia Howard's granddaughter

Mrs Greaves, told BBC Scotland news website, the Mexican authorities had now been searching the area using sniffer dogs, mounted police, divers and helicopters.

The mother-of-three said: "We are starting to fear the worst as how can she be safe after 10 days. I can't get my head around where she could be, it is a very alarming situation to be in.

"I have no idea what could have happened to her - it is the most bizarre situation, people don't just vanish.

"She is such a good great-grandmother to my children and visits every week from her home in Roseburn in Edinburgh city centre and I saw her the night before she left to go on holiday.

"She is a strong independent woman who is of sound mind who would not have just wandered off, it is just surreal and I don't feel I'm living my life right now."

Meat trader, Mr Harvey, who is Mrs Greaves father, plans to stay out in Cancun with his wife and sister until his mother is found. They had been due to return to Edinburgh on Monday."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "I can confirm we are aware of the case of a British national being missing in Cancun and we have been in contact with the family."

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