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Family's heartache as fears grow for missing daughter.

Fears were growing last night for a teenage girl who vanished in the early hours while walking home from a nightclub.

Vicky Hall, aged 17, disappeared a few hundred yards from her home in Trimley St Mary, near Felixstowe, Suffolk, after saying goodnight to a girlfriend.

Miss Hall and her friend had been dancing at the Bandbox Nightclub in Felixstowe on Saturday night and decided to walk the two miles back to Trimley St Mary, at around 2am.

Miss Hall's friend has told police that she said goodbye to Miss Hall in Trimley High Street at 2.30am on Sunday.

Last night, Miss Hall's parents, Graham, aged 45, and Lorinda, aged 43, said they could not understand why their daughter had acted so completely out of character by deciding to walk home.

Mr Hall said his daughter had only started going to nightclubs about three months ago. In the past, she had always either got a taxi home or called home and asked for a lift.

"We daren't ask her friend why they didn't do what they normally did. We just can't bring ourselves to ask," said Mr Hall.

Police believe that the two girls stopped to buy chips during their walk home, which would have taken about half an hour.

Mr Hall said: "The last thing I said when she went out was get a taxi back or if you can't, call me. Whatever you do, don't split up.

"I didn't actually say don't walk home - although I wish I had. But she understood not to do it."

A 19-year-old woman was raped in an alleyway behind the Bandbox nightclub nine days ago and Mr Hall said his daughter was aware of that and had been told to be particularly careful as a result.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 21, 1999
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