POLICE are scouring a creek in the Isle of Wight near where missing Rosie Johnson was last seen alive – as they reveal they believe the holiday camp worker was NOT the victim of a crime.
Coastguards were concentrating their efforts on the water near where zoology graduate Rosie Johnson, from Glasgow, Scotland, was last sighted on Sunday.
Police search Wootton Creek in the Isle of Wight after Rosie Johnson vanished last week[/caption]
22-year-old Rosie disappeared from Little Canada PGL Adventure in Wootton on Sunday[/caption]
The police inspector leading the investigation today revealed he believed the 22-year-old was “not the victim of crime” but admitted he was “seriously concerned” for her safety.
Inspector Andy MacDonald refused to be drawn on whether he believed Miss Johnson was still alive following her disappearance on Sunday evening.
Miss Johnson, a field studies instructor at 50-acre Little Canada in Wootton on the Isle of Wight, was seen outside the site next to a neighbouring creek at 10.15pm on Sunday.
Staff at the site said police were called on Monday morning when Miss Johnson – niece of Scottish Labour MSP Daniel Johnson – did not check into work.
Police said an “initial” search was carried out that day – however the Coastguard today said they were not asked to help until Tuesday afternoon.
Inspector MacDonald revealed search and rescue specialists hoping to find Rosie scoured the entire grounds of activities site Little Canada – including every children’s cabin.
Rosie’s pal, Brendan Storer, issued a desperate plea to find her by telling his friends on social media “please, please, please share” a police appeal and her MSP uncle, Mr Johnson, also encouraged people with information to help.
Inspector MacDonald, of Hampshire Constabulary, today said he will not reveal what Rosie’s state of mind was on Sunday evening and refused to say if he believes she is alive or not.
Authorities believe the Scot is still on the island[/caption]
Police do not believe the missing young woman was the victim of a crime[/caption]
Search and rescue workers wore special footwear while scouring the muddy creek[/caption]
Speaking in Wootton today, he said her family are being supported by Hampshire Constabulary but would not say who the last person to see her was.
He said: “At this moment in time the information we have available to us says Rosie has not been the victim of crime.
“I’m not in a position at this moment to tell you what her state of mind was on Sunday evening.
“We currently do not know her whereabouts and are seriously concerned for her welfare.”
“Information we have suggests Rosie is still on the Isle of Wight currently.
“The search started on Monday and we undertook a more extensive search yesterday [Tues].”
A manager at Little Canada said he could not comment on the investigation but said he had been assisting police.
A spokeswoman from PGL, which runs Little Canada, today said: “A member of staff working at our Little Canada site on the Isle of Wight did not report for work as planned on Monday morning.
“We were unable to establish their location and as a precaution informed the police who are now coordinating a search. We are providing any support we can to help with this.”
Little Canada’s website says it is ‘set in over 48 acres of ancient woodland between the towns of Ryde and Newport on the Isle of Wight and is situated along the tidal waters of Wootton Creek’.
Police would not reveal if they believe Rosie is alive or not[/caption]
Rosie’s family members pictured with police on Wednesday[/caption]
Rescue services are searching for Rosie’s body all around the surrounding area[/caption]
A major search has been launched for the young woman[/caption]
The National Police Air Service Helicopter is also assisting in the search[/caption]
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