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Urgent Appeal Sophie Smith, 21 suffers severe anxiety and depression last seen boxing day

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

Police are urgently searching for Sophie Smith aged 21 who has been missing since boxing day.

She left home at 3am in the morning wearing shorts and a t-shirt, Police fear she may already have come to harm.

Sadly the police admitted that hopes of finding the missing student alive are ‘diminishing’.

The missing student from Norfolk was last sighted on CCTV walking towards the seafront in her hometown.

Sophie went missing from her home in Avondale Road, Gorleston at about 3am on Boxing Day, When she went missing she was only dressed in her vest top and shorts.

Police have launched a major search for Sophie since Boxing day however they have found no trace of her so far.

Police are now trying to determine whether or not she was the person spotted on CCTV footage heading towards the sea.

Police Inspector Will Drummond has said “We have a CCTV image of a person we believe to be Sophie running down Avondale Road towards the beach,”

“Sophie suffered from severe anxiety and depression and we suspect this may have been a trigger to her reactions on the evening. There was a level of preparation.

“Information that we have got now may suggest the likelihood that, unfortunately, Sophie may have gone into the sea.

“We are in close contact with Sophie’s family, who are being supported by officers at what is a very difficult time for them. However, due to the circumstances in which she left home with minimal clothing, no mobile phone, her mental state and the weather conditions, the hope of finding Sophie safe and well diminishes as time goes on.”

 

 

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