Old photo found in hunt for Devon and Cornwall police's longest-running missing person inquiry
AN OLD photo of a woman missing since 1979 has been unearthed by The Herald.
Thirty-four years after June Ellena Brockway went missing from the city, police have returned to the case in the hope of tracking her down.
Mrs Brockway was last seen on December 28, 1979.
The mystery of her disappearance is now said to be Devon and Cornwall Police's longest-running missing person inquiry.
According to a front page report in the Western Evening Herald on January 9, 1980, Mrs Brockway had "discharged herself prematurely from the Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse on Friday December 28".
That corrects misinformation held in incomplete police files on the case stating she had left Derriford Hospital before briefly returning home.
The 1980 Herald report on Mrs Brockway was headlined "Anxiety over woman" and appeared on the front page.
It went on: "She returned to her home and was last seen in the St Budeaux area at about 12.20pm later that day.
"It is believed that about an hour later she travelled by taxi to the North Road area with a view to obtaining accommodation or catching a train, possibly to Bristol or Cardiff."
In the report she was described as being "5ft 3in tall, very thin build, pale complexion, brown eyes, dark shoulder-length hair turning grey".
At the time she was wearing a light-coloured woollen hat, chocolate brown coat, brown shoes and carrying a brown handbag and a suitcase.
Mrs Brockway had gone to her home in Saltburn Road, St Budeaux, where she packed her bag and left.
It is believed she had been suffering depression and had asked a close friend to visit her in hospital the day before she went missing. However, her friend had been waylaid by an out-of-town visitor and was unable to go to the hospital.
Mrs Brockway's maiden name was Waterfield and she had an older and a younger brother.
Her mother had died when she was just 11, but Mrs Brockway herself had no children. She had worked as a hairdresser – and was said to be a very well-regarded one.
Mrs Brockway's husband, an ex-Royal Navy serviceman who was named Lawrence, but known as Larry, later left the Saltburn Road property but left no forwarding address.
Current investigators say they have been unable to trace him.
Despite the length of time that has passed, investigators are still hoping that they can trace the whereabouts of Mrs Brockway, who would now be 76 years old, and put the case to rest.
Anyone with information about June Ellena Brockway, nee Waterfield, should contact PC Ian Watson on 101 quoting reference PID5511.