Police drone used in search for missing woman

Air support officers searched Portobello beach with a drone, as police continue to look for Alice Byrne, missing since New Year’s Day.

Katharine Hay
Friday 07 January 2022 20:08
Alice Byrne has been reported missing (Police Scotland/PA)
Alice Byrne has been reported missing (Police Scotland/PA)

A police drone flew above Portobello Beach, near Edinburgh as the search continues for a woman who was reported missing in the city on New Year’s Day.

Alice Byrne, 28, was last seen by her family at 2am, in her home, on January 1.

Craigmillar police said that later she met friends in Marlborough Street and left a flat there, between 8am and 10am on Saturday.

Ms Byrne’s twin brother told the PA news agency that his sister was planning to go to a beach party at Portobello.

Chief Inspector Kieran Dougal, from Craigmillar Police station, said: “Alice is known to frequent the Portobello and New Hailes areas of Edinburgh.

Alice Byrne in a CCTV image wearing similar clothes to which she was last seen wearing, black top and jeans, however it is believed she was wearing a white pair of training shoes. (Photo Lothian and Borders Police)

“Since she was reported missing, officers have been carrying out extensive searches and inquiries in these areas.

“Local officers led by specialist search advisers have been assisted by resources including the air support unit, police dogs and our marine unit.

“Officers will continue to speak to people who know her and who live in the local community.

“Searches are continuing throughout the area and we would also ask local residents to check their outbuildings and sheds, as well as urging anyone with any information on Alice’s whereabouts to get in touch as soon as possible.

“This is an upsetting time for Alice’s family who are extremely concerned that she has not been in contact with them since Saturday.

“This is completely out of character for her.

“I would again urge anyone who has seen Alice since Saturday morning, or anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible.

“If Alice reads this appeal, I would urge us to phone her family, friends or the police. Contact 101 quoting reference 0647 of 2 January.”

A missing person poster released by friends and family said Ms Byrne is 5ft 6in and was wearing a long black T-shirt, black jeans and an orange/mustard-coloured hoodie the day she went missing.

It included the numbers 07510 062 206 and 07864 796 730 to call if anyone has information about her whereabouts.

A friend of Ms Byrne’s, Emily Haquin, shared the missing person poster on Facebook with a message reading: “My lovely friend Alice has been missing since 2am on New Years Day.

“If anyone has any information about her whereabouts before/since, please get in touch with one of the numbers below or the police asap.

“Alice, if you’re reading this, please let someone know where you are.

“We love you so much and just want to know you’re safe.”

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