By Constantinos Psillides
PAULINE Ann Pidcock, 64, the British tourist who went missing on Wednesday, is still nowhere to be found and the search to find her will resume early on Saturday, according to Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriades.
The woman, who suffers frequent seizures due to epilepsy and often wears a blue bike helmet to protect herself, was last seen in a park at Omodos village, in the Limassol district. Pidcock did not have her medication with her.
She and her husband were part of a tourist group visiting the village. Pidcock told her husband that she wasn’t up for the tour and stayed behind at the park, near the tour bus.
The former maths teacher had arrived in Cyprus with husband Bob on May 9 for holidays, staying at a Paphos hotel.
Soteriades said that at noon on Thursday, a woman matching Pidcock’s description entered the Episkopi Sovereign Bases Fire Station holding a map and asking for directions – in English – back to Omodos.
Later in the day, when her picture was released through the media, firemen recognised her and notified the police. They said she had looked fatigued, but had no head gear on at the time.
A second possible sighting was reported early Friday morning at an Episkopi bakery, according to a Facebook page set up by Pidcock’s niece to help engage more people in the search.
But subsequent investigations in the Episkopi area also proved fruitless.
Search teams continued to comb the area throughout Friday, with the contribution of members of the fire service, disaster-response unit EMAK, Game and Wildlife Fund officers, and the Civil Defence, as well as local residents, with no success.
At 7pm, the teams broke up for the day and will reconvene on Saturday morning to resume the search.
Pidcock is slim, 1.67m tall, with light brown hair. She was last seen wearing a dark blouse, grey shorts and a blue scarf.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is requested to call the police toll-free line 1460 or contact the nearest police station.
This is not the first time she has gone missing. According to her husband, Pauline Ann had disappeared for a couple of days when back in England.