BREAKING: Volunteers call for help in new search for Melanie Wilson today
Volunteers are calling on the public for help as they set off to search for a missing woman today.
Melanie Wilson, 22, went missing on October 19, and now a fund dedicated to searching for missing children is organising a coordinated effort today.
Police and relatives have been searching for Melanie, a charity shop volunteer from Sutton, for 12 days and this new search marks a stepping up for local activities.
BREAKING: Police divers searching lake for missing Mansfield womanThe voluntary group, 'Where There's Hope', has been active for over a year to raise money and organise local searches for young people suffering depression.
Founder Kirsty Brown, 30, started the fund when 13-year-old Mansfield girl Amber Peat went missing.
"When we started searching for Amber we raised loads of money and we started to notice loads of children go missing and the police are limited in what they can do, so the public can join together to do a wider search.
"We're meeting in Woodhouse and searching from all the way to Sutton as far away as Clipstone.
A group of at least a hundred are expected to aid the search and the volunteers are asking for anyone who is available to come and help or even print out a poster.
Kirsty added: "Anyone who can even print off some posters or even share it on Facebook if they can't get out please do whatever you can to help trace Melanie. “
A Facebook group called Help Find Melanie Wilson has emerged in a bid to co-ordinate local efforts to search for the missing woman woman.
Anyone who can help and has transport is asked to meet at One Stop shop in Woodhouse Road at 1pm to plan groups, which will then be split to conduct searches around different areas.
Police officers have been handing out leaflets and searching the lake at Sutton Lawn, and say Melanie's family are 'distraught' as her disappearance approaches a fortnight.
Mansfield's district commander, Insp. Nick Butler said: “We’re still looking for Melanie and urging anyone who has seen her to get in touch. That one piece of information may help to find her.
“Melanie’s family is distraught and really worried about her, as we all are. One can only imagine how difficult it would be to not have any contact with a loved one for this long.
“We just need to know if anyone at all has heard or seen her then we really do need to hear from them. That one piece of information may help to find her.
“She is not in any kind of trouble, all we need to know is that she is safe and well.
“If you are seeing this appeal Melanie, then please contact us to let us know you are safe.
“You’re not in any kind of trouble, we just need you to come forward and let us know where you are.
“Your family and friends are really worried about you. Please just pop into a local police station, doctors’ surgery or hospital so that we know you’re okay.”
Melanie is described as white, about 5ft 6ins tall, with blonde hair and is of a slim build.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident 858 of 21 October 2016.
Insp. Butler added: “She does use social media quite a lot so people are concerned that she hasn’t used it since she was last seen.”
Melanie lives in Sutton and works as volunteer in a local charity shop. Two cats found at her address are being looked after by friends.
“There’s no indication as to why she may have gone. She also hasn’t got her mobile phone with her, which is concerning for someone who is so active on social media. No-one has heard anything which is really concerning.”
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