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Police examine river during search for missing Sarah Wellgreen

Sarah was last seen on October 9.

Officers are searching a river in connection with the disappearance of a mother of five, police have said.

Sarah Wellgreen, 46, was last seen on October 9 in the Bazes Shaw area of New Ash Green, Kent, and was reported missing on October 11. She has not been in touch with her family since.

Kent Police said: “Marine search unit officers are currently searching the River Darent in Dartford town centre in connection with the disappearance and potential murder of New Ash Green mother of five, Sarah Wellgreen.”

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

On Friday, officers searched drains and used a drone to assist with their enquiries around the town of Dartford.

Detective Inspector Chris Greenstreet said: “Our officers are continuing to carry out searches, which include Dartford town centre and areas near Fawkham, in connection with the disappearance and potential murder of New Ash Green mother of five Sarah Wellgreen.

“Officers are being assisted by Kent Fire and Rescue Service personnel with their drone.

“In Dartford, Kent County Council contractors have assisted with the examination of drains and Dartford Borough Council have also helped officers with ongoing searches.”

Police officers in Scratchers Lane near Fawkham, on Friday during the inquiry into the disappearance of Sarah Wellgreen (PA)

The town is around nine miles from New Ash Green.

Earlier in the week, police appealed to the public who may have any video footage from the night Sarah went missing to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Paul Fotheringham said on Wednesday: “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.

“Likewise, anyone who was out on the evening of October 9 to the morning of October 10 in that five-mile area who has dashcam in their vehicle, please contact us.”

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


From Belfast Telegraph