The sister of missing Newport woman Susan Reid has made an impassioned plea for her return as the police search widens.
Forces in Cumbria and Aberystwyth, Wales, have been called in to help find the 56-year-old, who disappeared from her home in Kerr Street on January 21.
Helicopter and specialist dive teams have already scoured the Taybridgehead area without success and enquiries in the Aberdeen area, where Susan has relatives, drew a blank.
“Susan has visited Cumbria and Aberystwyth on holiday and it is often the case that missing people will return to a place that brings back happy memories,” said a spokesman for Police Scotland.
“The police in Wales and Cumbria have linked up with the local media there in an effort to widen the search as much as possible.
“We are using a number of search techniques to try to re-unite her with her family.”
Meanwhile Susan’s sister Lesley Coull, who lives near Aberdeen, has been using social media in the hope that someone has seen Susan or that Susan herself will see her posts herself and respond.
On Tuesday, three weeks to the day after her elder sister vanished, Lesley wrote a poignant message on her Facebook page.
It reads: ‘Susan...if you are somewhere, somehow reading this....please get in touch. We all miss you so much, there are no words. Our lives stopped the day you went missing, and will never be the same again until you return to us. Whatever has happened...we will sort it out for you.
‘I miss you Sis. I need you Susan, my wise, funny, beautiful, kind big sister. Our family is incomplete without you. Come home. We love you’ x
The post has attracted dozens of messages of support and hundreds of ‘shares’.
Susan, a librarian at Dundee University, is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build, with short blonde/greying hair.
Her disappearance has been described as ‘out of character’ by her family, who last week issued a plea for information through Police Scotland.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.