An American group dedicated to assisting searches for missing people has lent its support to the hunt for the Northumberland woman who has not been seen since Boxing Day.
A massive effort from the North East community and emergency services has so far failed to find to find 59-year-old Sally Allan, from Errington Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland, who left her home in the early hours of December 26.
Hundreds of volunteers, the police and Mountain Rescue Teams scoured the area around Ponteland before the focus turned to the Quayside in Newcastle, the last confirmed sighting of Sally. Police yesterday released a CCTV footage of her walking alongside the River Tyne behind the Copthorne Hotel towards the Swing Bridge.
Now the search has reached America where the Facebook group Locate the Missing has posted a plea to find Sally and produced a poster that can be printed off and put up around the region.
The Facebook post says: "#Search4Sally #MISSING - Sally Allan (59 yrs.) of #Ponteland, #UK, is described as being 5ft 7" tall, slim build, with short silver/grey hair and may be wearing gold-rimmed glasses. She is believed to be wearing pink pyjamas, cream coloured fleece and cream coloured Regatta waterproof anorak.
"Extra officers in the Quayside area are checking cctv to try and trace Sally's movements and would ask that any businesses located around Newcastle Quayside with CCTV capability review their footage from Saturday, December 26, from around 6am on, and contact police if there are any sightings of Mrs Allan
"Anyone with information about where Sally may be should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 0258 26/12/15 right away!
"Sally's family is frantic, and social media has a powerful world-wide reach. You can help find her. Share, print, post, and distribute this flier right away to as many people as posssible!
Before posting onto the Facebook page, Steve Raw, vice-president at http://missingcases.com said: "We've got 670,000 Facebook users who are going to give you some help locating Sally. I'm sending anyone involved with the search effort a high-resolution printable copy you can share online and in real-life. It's 8.5" x 11" and should print just fine. I'll keep you posted on the progress. We may be over here in the States, but we have covered cases in the UK before with overwhelming community response. As soon as you get notification of the posted flier to our page, I need you all to share the flier to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Building momentum to engage the community is vital."
Find the Locate the Missing appeal here: https://www.facebook.com/missingcases