Missing 85-year-old man found after freezing night outside

Eric Mayfield was spent the night sleeping outside on Friday night before being found on Saturday.

Eric Mayfield was spent the night sleeping outside on Friday night before being found on Saturday.

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A BOTTESFORD pensioner who suffers from dementia and went missing at the weekend survived a night lying in a freezing ditch.

Eric Mayfield, 85, of Granby Drive, Bottesford, was reported missing by his carers on Friday morning (Dec 17).

A police helicopter was called out to help with the search for Mr Mayfield.

Mr Mayfield, who has ties to the Grantham area, survived a night in temperatures of -7 degrees celsius before being found by a member of the public lying beside a road just outside Bottesford on Saturday (Dec 18). He has been taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment.

Insp Kim Mistry of Leicestershire Constabulary said: “We are pleased that Mr Mayfield has been found and I want to thank everyone including the local community and the media for their support.”