The husband of a St Andrews woman who disappeared last week has made an emotional plea for help to find the missing mother of four.
Dafydd Evans has also described how the lives of the entire family have been put on hold while they anxiously wait by the telephone hoping for good news.
Fifty-seven-year-old Audrey Evans has been missing since April 4 and Fife Police are becoming increasingly concerned for her well-being.
Now Audrey’s husband has appealed for anyone with information about his wife’s whereabouts to contact the police.
Speaking this week, he said: “She is very depressed and I think I am fearful that this is what lies behind her disappearance.
“Audrey has a mental illness that started about two years ago and it came from nowhere. She has been struggling to come to terms with that.
“She has been absent for days now and if she is still with us she must be being sheltered by someone, perhaps who she met in hospital or as part of the community mental health programme.
“If anyone has information - please share it with the police.”
He described how the family had no real worries about Audrey after her recent discharge from Stratheden Hospital.
“She had been in hospital for a period of time while making weekend visits home and then the decision was taken to bring her home,” he explained.
“She was discharged from hospital on the Saturday morning and she seemed to have improved.
“I had no concerns about leaving her in the care of another family member while I attended a course down in England but when I heard that she had gone missing I flew back early and started looking for her.
“But it has now been days since she disappeared and there is not one clue as to where she went or what happened to her.”
Mr Evans explained how the couple’s children are all feeling the strain as they wait for news of their mother.
“The whole family is really struggling with this,” he said.
“I have one daughter who is six months pregnant and another who is due in a week’s time. Our son Andrew is 21-years-old and is supposed to be doing university exams but everything is being put on hold by this dreadful event.
“Audrey’s depression came out of the blue after 33 years of perfect health. Depression is a common but poorly understood condition that affects many people.
“She worked locally and was fully engaged with the community and her family - Audrey is a wonderful mother and wife.”
Audrey is described as 5’3”, of medium build and was last seen wearing a fleece with a pink top underneath, jeans and brown shoes.
She also wears glasses and has short, dark hair which is greying.
Anyone who has seen her should contact Fife Police on 0845 600 5702.