Colchester: Missing Ella Is Found Safe

A 15-year-old girl from Colchester who went missing while being treated for depression has been found safe and well.

Ella Hysom vanished at around 1.15pm on Monday in Ilford. She had been receiving treatment at a residential hospital in Goodmayes for six weeks before she vanished.

Ella was found after she was spotted by a member of the public in Ilford town centre.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were appealing for assistance to trace Ella Hysom, who went missing from an address in Ilford on Monday November 11. The 15-year-old has since been found safe and well.

"We would like to thank the media and members of the public for their assistance."

Yesterday her parents made an emotional appeal for her return and this afternoon police confirmed she had been found.

A keen rower and ballroom dancer, Ella, deputy head girl at Gilberd Secondary School in Colchester, was described as a "gregarious" and well-liked teenager.

But she had been suffering from depression since the start of the year and had been receiving treatment at the residential hospital for the past six weeks.

Her mother Alison Hysom, 43, had directly appealed to her, saying: "Ella, darling, please get in touch. We love you so much. You are so loved by so many friends and family and we just want you back."

Public appeals were made for help finding her through police and using social networking sites.

Local News

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Early Breakfast with Jenni Falconer

4am - 6am

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Early Breakfast with Jenni Falconer

On TV: More Music Variety

4am - 6am

Watch heart TV

Heart VIP


Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Advertise Advertise in Essex

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter