THE FAMILY of a missing woman have thanked the public for their support as the search for her continues. 

Barbara Colling, 68, from Helmsley, went missing on Monday after setting out on a walk and was last seen in the area of the B1257 at Abbotts Hagg, near the Rievaulx turn off.

Mrs Colling’s daughter, Lizzy Firmin, said: “The family has been overwhelmed by the lovely support we have had from neighbours and the whole community in Helmsley. It’s just incredible, thank you.

“We have also been greatly supported by the police and know they are doing everything they can to find mum.

“Although mum does suffer from dementia people would probably not realise this unless they spoke with her, even then it may not be obvious as she may seem articulate and confident.

“Even though she is only 5ft 2ins tall, mum isn’t at all frail and will appear able to look after herself.

She added:” I know mum enjoys visiting churches, so we ask people to keep checking for her around these as well as outbuildings and sheds.”

Mrs Colling is described as white, of medium build and has medium length blonde hair. When she was last seen she was wearing a navy blue jacket, black trousers, a blue hat with ear flaps and black knee length leather boots and is thought to have been carrying a black rucksack.

Police officers will be supported by search and rescue teams and an air support unit.

Inspector Andy Everett said: “Although the search for Barbara remains focused on the Newgate Woods area, I am asking anyone who sees a woman matching her description to contact the police straight away.”

Anyone who can help in the search for Mrs Colling is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.