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Disappearance of woman from New Ash Green being treated as potential murder

PUBLISHED: 10:54 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:54 24 October 2018

Detectives are investigating the disappearance of Sarah Wellgreen from New Ash Green. Picture: Kent Police

Detectives are investigating the disappearance of Sarah Wellgreen from New Ash Green. Picture: Kent Police

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Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the disappearance of Sarah Wellgreen from New Ash Green.

The 46-year-old’s disappearance is being treated as suspicious and a potential murder.

Sarah was last seen in the Bazes Shaw area during the evening of Tuesday October 9 and she has not been in contact with her family since.

She is described as being white, around 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build, with green eyes and straight brown shoulder-length hair.

Her car was left at her home address and there have been no new transactions on her bank or credit cards.

Head of Major Crime, det sup Paul Fotheringham said: “We are investigating the disappearance of Sarah.

“It is entirely out of character for her to go missing and having conducted extensive enquiries and searches, this case is now being treated as a potential murder.

“Sarah has disappeared without a trace, the only item missing from the home is her black iPhone 4.

“Officers have conducted extensive searches in New Ash Green and surrounding rural areas.

“While we continue our investigation and enquiries, I would urge anybody who saw anything suspicious in the New Ash Green area at around the time Sarah went missing, that is overnight from the evening of Tuesday October 9, into the morning of Wednesday October 10, to contact us.

“We have experts with specialist technology and forensic scientists working with us to try and find Sarah.

“Residents, businesses and landowners in the rural areas around New Ash Green are asked to check their outhouses, and areas surrounding their properties.

“We are particularly interested to hear from anyone with fixed cctv cameras within a five mile radius of New Ash Green, whether this is residential or commercial cctv to come forward.”

He added that anyone with dashcam footage who was out within the five mile area on either the evening of October 9 or the morning of October 10 to get in touch.

Police are also appealing to those living and working in the area boardered by the A2, M25, Meopham, Cobham, Horton Kirby and Darenth to check their sheds, outbuildings and areas of rough ground or woodland for any sign of Sarah.

Dog walkers or anyone out in rural areas are also being urged to get in touch with police if they come across anything that seems suspicious.

Mr Fotheringham added: “If you think you may have seen Sarah or something suspicious but are not sure, please do not hesitate to call and let us know.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who have already called us, assisted with searches or sent messages of support to family who have been badly affected by Sarah’s disappearance.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 0207 158 0011, freephone 0800 056 0154 quoting 11-0423.

Alternatively Crimestoppers in Kent can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone with cctv or dashcam footage is asked to upload it to https://mipp.police.uk/

A man aged in his 30s was arrested on October 16 in connection with this investigation and was released on bail, pending further enquiries, until November 16.

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