THE family of a missing woman with Altzheimer's disease have been putting up posters in the hope of finding her.

Police underwater specialists were expected to join the hunt today.

Eleanor Birrell, 67, vanished from her home on Huddersfield Road in Shelley last Friday evening.

She was seen a short time later on Wakefield Road in Aspley. Police searches are concentrating on that area.

Extra officers from the operational support unit were drafted in yesterday, but they found no trace of her.

The specialist underwater search unit was due in the Aspley area today.

Mrs Birrell's two daughters, Elaine Green and Jayne Birrell, and husband Keith made a plea for public help during a Press conference at Huddersfield police station on Monday.

Their plea came after specialist search and rescue teams had failed to find any trace of Mrs Birrell over the weekend.

Jayne, 38, said: "We are desperately worried for mum's safety and welfare. She doesn't usually go out on her own and she doesn't have a bag or any money with her.

"Her appearance could well be dirty and dishevelled now and we would ask people to have a look at the photo and think if they have seen her anywhere.

"She could be anywhere in Kirklees. We just want her back safely."

Police have again asked people to check gardens, outhouses, sheds and garages in the Moldgreen, Dalton and Waterloo areas.

Det Insp Jon Morgan said: "We are putting all the resources we have available to us to carry out extensive inquiries."

When last seen Mrs Birrell, who has a Scottish accent, was wearing a light green, knee-length dress which had a pattern around the neckline, a white cardigan and beige sandal- style shoes.

* Anyone who has seen her or has any information should contact Huddersfield police on 01484 436659.