A teenage girl from Sherston, near Malmesbury, remains missing 48 hours after she reportedly got into a car with an unknown man.
Leah Mullins was last seen entering a vehicle – said to be a dark-coloured estate – outside The Angel cafe and B&B in the village at about 7.30pm on Friday (29 December).
Police have been looking for her ever since, collecting doorbell camera and CCTV footage in the local area and carrying out a vast array of other urgent enquiries in a bid to trace the 14-year-old.
Today (Sunday), he family have published a new photograph of Leah – wearing the jumper she is thought to have had on at the time of her disappearance.
In a statement, her mum Sarah said: “This is an appeal to safely locate my daughter, Leah Mullins. Leah is a 14 year old, vulnerable girl who has been away from her family for nearly 48 hours. If anyone has any suspicions, please contact 999.
“Leah if you can see this, then please come home, or contact someone and let them know that you are safe and well.
“We miss you and love you so much. You are not in any trouble and we are extremely concerned about you. If you are not able to contact us, please go and seek help.”
A group of worried local residents met outside The Angel at about 9am this morning before starting a lengthy search of the Sherston area. The search didn’t turn up anything of note.
Detective Superintendent Darren Hannant said: “We are increasingly concerned for Leah’s safety and need anyone with information to get in touch with us as soon as possible. We are following a number of lines of enquiry to try to locate her.
“I’d like to thank all of those who have shared our appeal and have phoned in with information.
“Leah, if you are reading this message, please get in touch with the police or your mum. You are not in any trouble. We just want to make sure that you are safe.”
Anyone with information or who knows where Leah is should contact police as a matter of urgency by calling 999 and quoting log 263 of 29 December.
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