CONCERNS are growing for the welfare of a missing woman with a life-threatening condition who police say may be in Hartlepool.
Police have once again appealed to the public for help in finding York woman Katie Free who went missing over a week ago.
The 19-year-old has not been seen since around 12.45pm on Saturday, December 13, in Cleethorpes.
She had been in the care of a treatment centre in Grimsby.
It is believed Katie may have travelled initially to the Darlington area, possibly in the company of her boyfriend but is now thought to be in the Hartlepool or Redcar area.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Welton said: “We are now a week into the enquiry to locate Katie.
“She remains missing and the passing of time brings a very real threat to Katie’s life due to her existing medical condition.
“She urgently needs support and treatment and we are appealing to Katie to make contact, either with her family or the emergency services at the earliest opportunity.
“We would also ask the public to help us by calling us to inform us if they see Katie and provide us with details of her whereabouts.”
Katie is described as being white and of pale complexion with blue eyes and red hair often worn in a ponytail.
She is 5ft 7ins tall and of thin build and wears glasses.
When last seen she was wearing black leggings with a burgundy hooded jacket with a white logo on the front.
She was said to be carrying a black tote bag and wearing burgundy shoes.
DCI Welton added: “We know she has been using public transport and bed and breakfast type accommodation in the North East and our most recent information suggests she is in the Hartlepool/Redcar area.
“We would ask the public, including anyone who works in those fields to look out for Katie and come to us with any information they think may be relevant.
“Katie’s health and welfare are our key priorities, both of which may be seriously compromised if she is not located promptly.
“Please help us by telling us anything you know which might assist in our efforts to find Katie so that we can ensure she receives the attention she now urgently requires.”
Call Humberside Police with information on 101 quoting log number 368 of 13 December 2014.