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11 January 2011, 08:44 | Updated: 11 January 2011, 08:48
Police in Dorset are renewing their appeal for public help to find a 28-year-old woman who has been missing from her home for the last three weeks – with a new picture of the missing woman being released.
Helen Van-Duivenbode, of Okeford Fitzpaine, near Blandford, was last seen on Monday, 20 December 2010. Her family reported her missing ten days later.
Officers believe that the missing woman may be staying with friends in the Bournemouth area.
Sergeant Andy Cutler, of Bournemouth and Poole police, said: “Following further enquiries, I am now able to release a new picture of Helen. This photograph was taken much more recently than the previously released image and, as a result, is a much better likeness.
“We continue to urge anyone who knows of Helen’s whereabouts to get in touch immediately.
“Helen’s family are desperate to speak with her and check that she is ok.”
Helen is white, around five feet six inches tall, with shoulder length black hair and brown eyes.
It is not known what she was wearing when last seen..
Speaking last week, Helen's parents, Bernhard and Alexandra Van-Duivenbode, said:
“Dearest Helen, please get in touch with us, your mum and dad. We love you. Your girls are missing you dreadfully and wish to speak with you. We all long to hear that you are alright. Love mum and dad.”
Sergeant Cutler added: “I would like to hear from anyone who has seen Helen, or had any sort of contact from her, since Monday, 20 December 2010.
“Any information could help us to trace her in order to make sure that she is safe and well.”
Anyone with any information or knowledge as to Helen’s whereabouts should call Dorset Police on 01202 or 01305 222 222. Incident number: 30:221.