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Family appeal for Burscough woman missing from home

Clair and Andrew Photo: Police

The family of a Burscough woman have appealed for her to get in touch on the third day that she has been missing from home.

Karen Simpson, 31 of Elm Road, Burscough left her address around 10.30 am on Sunday 24th February and walked to the local Tesco store on Liverpool Road North.

She was seen leaving the store at around 11am. She was expected back at her home address and but did not return.

Officers are also investigating a possible sighting of Karen on Redcat Lane with the junction of Liverpool Road shortly afterwards at around 11:15am on Sunday morning.

Karen (right) and her family Credit: Police

“We are devastated by Karen’s disappearance which is very out of character. She had been suffering post natal depression, for which she was receiving help but this is one of the reasons we are so concerned for her.

“I want to say to directly to Karen, if you see or hear this appeal, we know you haven’t been feeling well and we want you to know that we are all here to support you. We are so worried about you, we are all missing you, especially the children – we just want to know you are safe.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support from the local community and we are so grateful to everyone who is out helping with the search for Karen.”

– Clair Dobrec, Karen’s sister

Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Barrow said; “Both we and Karen’s family are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare and so I would urge anyone who has any information at all or thinks they may have seen her to get in touch with us. Similarly, I would urge Karen herself, if she sees or hears this appeal to contact someone to let them know she is safe.

“We have a team of over 70 officers working to try and find her along with a team of over 100 volunteers from the local community who have come out to help which has been a huge support to both ourselves and Karen’s family.”

Karen is described as being white, around 5’6” tall, slim build. She has dark brown hair which is dyed red at the ends. She was wearing a dark green padded jacket, blue jeans, maroon grey scarf and black ankle boots.

If anyone thinks they have seen Karen, please contact police by calling 101.

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