Sunday 11 December 2016

Father's 'hell' over Melanie's disappearance 20 minutes after 'love you' text

Alexander Britton

Published 02/11/2016 | 09:10

Melanie Wilson, 22, who has been missing from her home in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, since October 19 Credit: Nottinghamshire Police/PA Wire
Melanie Wilson, 22, who has been missing from her home in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, since October 19 Credit: Nottinghamshire Police/PA Wire

A 22-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a fortnight sent her father a text message telling him she loved him 20 minutes before she was last seen by her family.

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Melanie Wilson was last seen at her home in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, at around 11.20pm on Wednesday October 19.

The local community and police have already carried out extensive searches for Ms Wilson and her heartbroken father has made an emotional plea for his daughter's safe return.

David Wilson said: "I'd imagine hell is similar to what I and family and friends are going through. We're all heartbroken. Everywhere we look there's a reminder of her.

"The last time I saw her was when she popped in to see me at home on Monday (October 17).

"We just had a general chat and hugged each other as she left. She seemed her usual self.

Melanie Wilson, 22, who has been missing from her home in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, since October 19 Credit: Nottinghamshire Police/PA Wire
Melanie Wilson, 22, who has been missing from her home in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, since October 19 Credit: Nottinghamshire Police/PA Wire

"The last contact I had with her was a text she sent me at about 11pm on Wednesday (October 19) which said 'I love you dad'. I sent her one back saying 'I love you too darling'."

Ms Wilson is described as white, 5ft 6in and of slim build, with blonde hair.

She has a sleeve tattoo on her right arm, which officers are hoping could help in the efforts to find her.

Nottinghamshire Police's dive team has carried out searches at King's Mill Reservoir and the Sutton Lawn Park pond in Sutton-in-Ashfield, and members of the local community have also been helping to share the appeal for information.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 858 of October 21 2016.

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