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Cordon still in place following search for missing Kent mum

Police searching an area of woodland near to Sarah's home. Photo: ITV Meridan

Areas of Fawkham in Sevenoaks remains cordoned off as the search continues for a missing mum from Kent.

On Wednesday evening, cordons were put around areas in the village while police and forensic investigators carried out thorough searches.

Sarah Wellgreen went missing for more than two weeks ago. Police are now treating the disappearance as a "potential murder".

The 46-year-old was last seen in the Bazes Shaw area of New Ash Green, where she lives, on October 9 and has not been in contact her family since.

Her car was at her home address and there have been no transactions on her bank or credit cards, according to Kent Police.

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

"We are investigating the disappearance of Sarah.

"It is entirely out of character for her to go missing and, having conducted extensive inquiries 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 inquiries, 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 9 October into the morning of Wednesday 10 October, to contact us."

– Detective Superintendent Paul Fotheringham

Residents said Ms Wellgreen was seen regularly around the Bazes Shaw area with her young children but commuted to Portsmouth where she is believed to work in a beauty salon.

One resident said there had been a large police presence in the area and estimated there had been "at least 100" officers around the village alongside local search parties.

About 200 people volunteered to help police carry out searches in the area near Ms Wellgreen's home over the weekend.

ITV News Meridian spoke to Martin Prus, Sarah's boss and friend who has described her as a "strong character".

"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.

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

"We are also appealing to those living and working in the area bordered 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 and anyone out in rural areas should also call us if they see anything that seems suspicious.

"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 the family who have been badly affected by Sarah's disappearance."

– Detective Superintendent Paul Fotheringham

The force has described her as white, around 5ft 7in tall, of medium build, with green eyes and straight brown shoulder-length hair.

Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on 0207 158 0011, freephone 0800 056 0154 quoting 11-0423, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.