Police are preparing to search the river near Catton for a missing woman from Northumberland.
Janis Hall, 65, disappeared more than two weeks ago after going out for a walk.
Northumbria Police's marine unit will begin scouring the River East Allen later.
A community pulls together in the search for a missing woman
The children of a missing Northumberland woman have issued a statement in the hope that she will be home for Christmas.