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Missing student Sophie Smith had become withdrawn before disappearance, police say

Missing student Sophie Smith had become withdrawn before disappearance, police say”

Nicola Urquhart made a plea to the followers of the Find Corrie Facebook group to aid the family of Sophie Smith, 21, from Gorleston, who has been missing since the early hours of Boxing Day.

"However, due to the circumstances in which she left home with minimal clothing, no mobile phone, her mental state and the weather conditions, the hope of finding Sophie safe and well diminishes as time goes on".

Police told MaiOnline they were growing increasingly concerned for her welfare, with a search being carried out in her home town.

A police helicopter, the coastguard and lifeboats were involved in searching the area around the beach at Gorleston on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We have spoken to all her family and friends at this time and she has not made contact with them, which makes us increasingly concerned for her".

She is described as being white, about 5ft 8in tall, of a slim build with shoulder length blonde hair.

She is a second year biomedicine student at the University of East Anglia.

She was dressed in just a vest top and shorts at the time.

The search for Sophie Smith took place today at 11.30am, near the war memorial, as the massive operation now under way to locate the missing University of East Anglia (UEA) student continues.

One friend said: 'If spotted please call the police IMMEDIATELY as her family and friends have been looking for her and it is freezing outside so any information would be useful as she is probably exhausted and freezing in this weather.

"Helicopters and boats have been out looking with no luck so any help is good".

Her mother took to Facebook this morning to express her gratitude to family, friends and to the community for their help in the effort.

He added: 'Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Sophie or knows of her current whereabouts'.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police immediately on 101.



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