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Missing mother search is widened.

Byline: By Robert Brooks

The search for a missing Northumberland mother has been widened to Scotland and Yorkshire, as her family anxiously await news that she is safe and well.

Wendy Fairbairn was last seen by husband David as she left their home at Waterside House, near Alnmouth, on Saturday, December 10.

The 45-year-old had been due to arrive at her workplace, the Words and Music shop in Alnwick, that morning, but her silver Vauxhall Vectra was later found abandoned next to the East Coast Main Line near Lesbury two miles away.

Since then there has been no sign of the mother-of-two, sparking a massive appeal for information from her distraught relatives.

She is said to have been suffering from depression, but for her to disappear as described is completely out of character.

Daughters Emma and Sarah, aged 18 and 21, have since returned to the region to join their father, a 50-year-old farmer, in the search for their missing mother.

Together, they have distributed posters featuring a photograph and description of Mrs Fairbairn across the region, but so far there has been no firm lead as to her whereabouts.

Mr Fairbairn said yesterday: "Posters have now been put up in Leeds, York and Edinburgh, but there is still no word from Wendy or anyone who has definitely seen her.

"The only feedback we have had was from a worker at Alnmouth Railway Station, who thinks he saw her waiting in the queue for train tickets. Other than that, we have very little else to go on."

Extensive searches have been carried out locally by the police, coastguard and Northumberland National Park Search and Rescue Team, but to no avail.

Mr Fairbairn, who has been married to Wendy for 23 years, added: "It has not been a very happy Christmas.

"If anyone has any information, please contact the police."

Mrs Fairbairn is described as being five feet six tall, of medium build with brown shoulder-length hair.

She is believed to have been wearing a cream coloured polo neck jumper, brown trousers, a red waistcoat and possibly a green fleece jacket.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said last night: "Our investigations are still ongoing, and we would urge anyone with any information about Mrs Fairbairn's whereabouts to get in touch straight away."

Anyone who may have seen her is asked to contact Northumbria Police on (01661) 872555, referring to incident log 635 of December 11, 2005.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2005
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