Published: 23/01/2013 12:05 - Updated: 23/01/2013 15:37

VIDEO: River search begins for missing Sonica

Written byKATHRYN CAIN

POLICE are searching Priory Marina and the River Great Ouse in Bedford today for missing woman Sonica Hans.

The 35 year-old Indian born woman has not been seen since she left her house in Priory Court, Bedford, where she lives with her sister and brother-in-law, on Boxing Day saying she was going to the shops.

The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire In House Water Search Team began their search from Priory Marina at around 11am on Wednesday, January 23 and will continue to carry out a surface search of the water up the river into Bedford over the next couple of days.

On Saturday volunteers from The Midshires Search and Rescue Organisation will be carrying out a land search of the area. The team will be searching land areas surrounding the River Ouse and Priory Country Park and continue down to Cardington Lock.

It is not known why Sonica went missing but she was last seen on CCTV walking along the Embankment outside the Swan Hotel down towards The Embankment pub and hotel the same day.

Sonica has not been missing before and her family are at a loss as to where she is or why she has not made contact with anyone.

She is about 5ft 3ins tall, with very long black hair which is currently dyed dark brown. She was last seen in red trousers/leggings, black jumper and wearing a dark blue jacket.

PC Ian Evans, from the Missing Persons Unit, said: “Sonica’s family have had no contact with her and so far we have also drawn a blank as to where she may be. This behaviour is totally out of character and obviously they, and we, are concerned for her.”

“If anyone has information about where she is or has seen her, then please contact us so that we can ensure Sonica is safe and well.

“It is possible that Sonica is perfectly well but has decided to take a break from her life in Bedford and would prefer not to let people know where she is. We can respect that decision, so if Sonica herself is reading this, please phone us direct or drop into your nearest police station. You can contact us in complete confidence, just please let us know you’re OK.”

The Missing Persons Unit can be contacted direct on 01234 275136, or text direct to the force control room on 07786 200011.

For the full story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s (Thursday 23) copy of Bedford Midweek.

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