Peter Crouch has issued a plea for help to locate the mother of his best friend who has been missing for over 24 hours.
Hazel May Taylor, 73, was last seen in Greenford Broadway, west London on at 7pm on Saturday.
She is 5’1″ and suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, and was wearing a sky blue jumper and a black trilby hat.
Police believe she may have boarded a bus or train and Crouch described her as “vulnerable but very approachable and smiley”.
The former England striker took to Twitter on Sunday evening to urge anyone with information to contact her son, Nick Taylor.
“One of my best friends Mum is vulnerable and missing,” wrote Crouch. “She lives in the Ealing area. Hazel May Taylor. 72 years old. 5ft 1in tall.
“Suffers from Alzheimer’s. Last seen in Greenford Broadway at 7pm on Saturday 3rd July. She is vulnerable but very approachable and smiley.
“If you see or have seen her then please DM her son Nick Taylor. insta = @imby3_architecture. Twitter = @imby3. Thank you all.”
Ealing Police were able to provide information on Taylor’s attire and her potential directions of travel in their own tweet.
They wrote: “Hazel Taylor, 73, is #missing and vulnerable.
“Last seen at 7PM on 3 July on Ealing Rd, wearing a sky blue jumper & a black trilby style hat and heading twrd South Ealing Rd.
“She may have caught a 105, 282, E6 or E7 bus. Hazel may be travelling on buses & tubes/ trains.”
Ealing Police asked anyone with information to contact them on 101.
As mentioned by Crouch, Nick Taylor can be contacted via his Instagram account, @imby3_architecture, or Twitter page, @imby3.
This is not the first time the former England striker has looked to give back to the community where he grew up, having gone to school in Ealing and risen through the academy ranks at west London sides Brentford and Queens Park Rangers.
Crouch took part in the Game 4 Grenfell charity match to raise funds for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.
The match was played at QPR’s Loftus Road, one mile from the scene of the disaster which claimed 72 lives.
The 40-year-old said at the time: “It really hit home, growing up so close. Mum drove past the next day and called me, she just could not believe it. You feel helpless, you want to do something.
“I was told about some dark things, firemen being so close but not being able to save people. The loss of life, the effect on families and the emergency services who responded, it’s devastating.”
Crouch added: “Football has the power to help. We’ve got two legends as captains, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer. I can play because it’s during the international break — and I’m a washed-up international now.
“Going back to QPR as well, where it all began, will be special, so this means a lot to me.”