Annie Dryden: Met Police called in to help with search for Yorkshire woman after links with London discovered

The Met Police have been called in to help with a search for a missing Yorkshire woman after it was discovered she had links to London.

Annie Dryden has been missing since January 4 when she was last seen alighting a train at Battersby in the North York Moors. Police believe she may have been camping in the Yorkshire countryside, and North Yorkshire Police say the area is still the primary focus of their hunt for Annie.

Both Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police have been carrying out extensive searches in the rural area surrounding Battersby, including Clay Bank, Ingleby Greenhow, Kildale continuing east towards Blakey Ridge on the edge of the North York Moors. They have been assisted by volunteers from Cleveland Mountain Rescue Service.

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The 20-year-old is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall and of slim build. She has dark hair with a distinctive blonde fringe and a scar above her top lip. When she was last seen Annie was carrying a black and green backpack.

Annie Dryden has been missing since January 4.Annie Dryden has been missing since January 4.
Annie Dryden has been missing since January 4.

North Yorkshire Police have now asked The Met to share their appeal after it was discovered she has links with Sidcup in south east London.

Her family have also issued an appeal for her to contact them. It said: “Annie, we just want to know you are safe. You don’t need to come home, we just need to know you are ok. We love you and we miss you but we also understand there were events coming up at home which were causing you upset. These have now passed.

“So many people are worried about you, we are receiving so many messages from those concerned about you. Please just get in touch with someone.”

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Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Fionna McEwan, said: “The focus of our search is still very much in the North Yorkshire and Cleveland areas where the last confirmed sightings of Annie were. We do not want people in these areas to stop looking out for Annie or not report any potential sightings of her.

“However, as Annie has not yet been located in these areas and we know she has links to south east London we wanted to extend our appeal to those in this area.

“Although the appeal to find Annie has been prominent in the North East of England and Yorkshire, if Annie has travelled south she may not be fully aware of the coverage, which is why we are now asking for our appeal to be shared in this area.

“If you know Annie and have heard from her or seen her since she was reported missing, please get in touch with our officers as a matter of urgency.

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“Annie if you are in London and are reading this appeal for the first time, please do get in touch and let us know you are safe.”

“While Annie is very familiar with the outdoors and wild camping, she has now been missing for almost three weeks and we remain very concerned for her safety. If she is still outside, she is likely to be wet and muddy and in desperate need of supplies, especially after the recent adverse weather conditions across the country.”

Speaking directly to Annie, DCI McEwan added: “Annie we know from speaking to your family, you would not like the media attention, or your photograph being published. We needed to do this to help find you. Once we know you are ok, we will remove your image from our website and social media channels and will work with the media to do the same.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, or contact the charity Missing People by either calling or texting 116000. Anyone who sees Annie should call 999 immediately.

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