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11 May 2016, 09:32
On the one month anniversary (May 11) of the disappearance of author Helen Bailey from her home in Royston, police are re-appealing to her to make contact and asking the public for further help in tracing her.
Chief Inspector for North Herts Julie Wheatley said: "This is a highly unusual case in the fact that Helen seems to have simply disappeared. We literally have no trace of her despite extensive searches and inquiries which have been on-going since she was reported missing."
Helen, aged 51, was last seen at her home address on Monday, April 11 and reported missing to police on Friday, April 15. It was reported to police that Helen may have taken her dog - a miniature Dachshund named Boris - with her, as he is also missing from Helen's home address.
A woman matching Helen's description was seen walking her dog in Heathfield and on the pathway between Baldock Road and Green Drift in Royston on the afternoon of April 11, 2016.
CI Wheatley continued: "I would like to directly appeal to Helen. Helen, your family are worried about you and Boris and want to know you are safe. We know you regularly called your mum and dad and it is totally out of character for you not to speak with them.
"I fully appreciate you may find it difficult to contact police but we just need to know that you are ok. If you can't call us directly, please let someone you know and trust know where you are and that you're safe. Any wishes you have will be totally respected.
"I would also appeal to members of the public and ask if you happen to know Helen is okay because you have seen her since her disappearance but haven't yet reported the information, let us know what you know as this would be very reassuring for her family. If you are worried about getting in touch with any information that you have, please don't be - you will be doing the right thing."
Since Helen disappeared a team of officers have checked hundreds of hours of CCTV footage from private and commercial systems with no trace of Helen. Specialist searches have also been conducted in the streets and open spaces around her home address, again with no trace of Helen.
This afternoon (May 11) officers will be out in Royston handing out leaflets and speaking with people in the area to see if they have any information which could assist the investigation.
CI Wheatley added: "Whilst this very much remains a missing person's inquiry at this time understandably as the days and weeks pass we and Helen's family and friends are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare.
"There is no evidence at this time to say she left the North Herts area however, we are of course keeping an open mind as to her whereabouts, particularly as she said she wanted some time to herself and has links to Broadstairs in Kent and Northumberland.
"We are grateful to the media for their support in covering our appeals so far. I would also like to thank the public for their support in reporting information. If you know of anything which can assist officers to find Helen please don't hesitate to call 101."
What can you do to help?
" Check any out buildings and sheds for any signs someone may have been there
" Keep an out eye for Helen and/or Boris when walking in the Royston area
" Report any possible sightings since April 11th if you haven't done so already
" If you work at a B and B or hotel and believe Helen has stayed with you please call police