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6 November 2018, 13:57 | Updated: 6 November 2018, 13:59
46 year old Sarah Wellgreen from New Ash Green vanished on October the 9th
Sussex police have told Heart that officers are continuing with a number of searches around New Ash Green in connection with the disappearance and potential murder of Sarah Wellgreen.
Teams have so far received more than 1,500 hours of CCTV footage from more than 60 different locations, and taken calls from 165 members of the public. There are 30 detectives dedicated to the investigation and more than 100 statements have been taken so far.
Head of Major Crime, Detective Superintendent Paul Fotheringham says ‘We are investigating the disappearance of Sarah. It is entirely out of character for her to go missing and having conducted extensive enquiries and searches, this case is now being treated as a potential murder. Sarah has disappeared without a trace, the only item missing from the home is her black iPhone 4. Officers have conducted extensive searches in New Ash Green and surrounding rural areas".
He continued that "While we continue our investigation and enquiries, I would urge anybody who saw anything suspicious in the New Ash Green area at around the time Sarah went missing, that is overnight from the evening of Tuesday 9 October, into the morning of Wednesday 10 October, to contact us.
‘We have experts with specialist technology and forensic scientists working with us to try and find Sarah.
‘Residents, businesses and landowners in the rural areas around New Ash Green are asked to check their outhouses, and areas surrounding their properties.
‘We are particularly interested to hear from anyone with fixed cctv cameras within a five mile radius of New Ash Green, whether this is residential or commercial cctv to come forward.
‘Likewise, anyone who was out on the evening of the 9 October to the morning of 10 October in that five mile area who has dashcam in their vehicle, please contact us.
‘We are also appealing to those living and working in the area bordered by the A2, M25, Meopham, Cobham, Horton Kirby and Darenth to check their sheds, outbuildings and areas of rough ground or woodland for any sign of Sarah.
‘Dog walkers and anyone out in rural areas should also call us if they see anything that seems suspicious.
‘If you think you may have seen Sarah or something suspicious but are not sure, please do not hesitate to call and let us know.
‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who have already called us, assisted with searches or sent messages of support to family who have been badly affected by Sarah’s disappearance.’
Officers are continuing to search a number of areas in connection with the investigation.