Search for Barbara Colling focuses on land around Helmsley

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SPECIALLY-trained police officers are today focusing their search on land around Helmsley as the search for missing Ryedale woman Barbara Colling continues.

They will be conducting a detailed search along roads and footpaths from Newgate Bank along the B1257 back towards Helmsley and out to the Cleveland Way.

Barbara, 68, of Helmsley, was last seen walking along the B1257 near Abbotts Hag at around 9.30am on Monday, January 28.

Since her disappearance, officers have been making extensive efforts to locate her with the assistance of air support units, a specialist tracker dog, and search and rescue teams.

Barbara is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, with a medium build and medium length blonde hair.

When she was last seen, she wearing a navy blue jacket, blue trousers, a black woollen hat with ear flaps and black boots. She was also believed to have been carrying a black rucksack.

Meanwhile, Ryedale police are urging the public to help the search for Barbara by keeping their eyes peeled while out and about.

Inspector Andy Everitt, of Ryedale’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Specialist search teams are out in and around Helmsley again today as we remain fully focused on trying to find Barbara.

“Her family are obviously very concerned for her welfare and want her back as soon as possible.

“Barbara has been missing for a few days now and the public can really help with the effort to find her by reporting sightings of anyone matching her description.

“I would also ask residents to check their sheds and other outbuildings in case Barbara has taken shelter somewhere.”

Inspector Everitt also urged people to look out for any discarded items of clothing and urged the public to particularly look out for Barbara at churches in the area.

He added: “We know that Barbara likes churches and likes to visit them, so I would ask people who either work in churches or are regular visitors to be especially vigilant at this time.”

Anyone who can help officers to locate Barbara Colling is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.

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