Bedfordshire Police has renewed its appeal for information to find a missing Bedford woman on the tenth anniversary of her disappearance.
Sonica Hans, then aged 35, was last seen on Boxing Day in 2012 walking through Bedford town centre, past the Swan Hotel and along the Embankment.
After her disappearance investigators from Bedfordshire Police carried out extensive enquiries, including police divers searching the Great Ouse between Prebend Street and Slipe Bridge, but were unable to find Sonica.
Her family has now issued a fresh appeal to the public for any new information.
Sonica’s sister Manisha Singh said: “The past 10 years since Sonica’s disappearance have been very difficult for us as a family. Celebrations have never been the same and my sister’s presence has always been missed.
“I have never given up hope and I never ever will. I will continue to pray she returns to us safely.”
Sonica is described as Asian, 5’3”, with long black hair dyed dark brown. She was last seen wearing red trousers or leggings, a thigh-length black jumper and a dark blue jacket.
Detective Inspector Katherine Rivers, from Bedfordshire Police’s missing investigation team, said: “As we celebrate this festive season it is important to remember there are families who have lost those who are missing.
“On the tenth anniversary of Sonica’s disappearance, her family has decided to issue a heartfelt statement that will strike a chord with many people here in Bedfordshire and in the hope that someone who knows something will come forward.
“We never close a missing person case and will follow any new lines of enquiry to locate Sonica or establish what has happened.
“If someone out there has any information at all, regardless of how small it may seem, I urge you to get in touch straight away.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers through Bedfordshire Police’s online reporting tool or by calling 101, quoting MPC/465/12.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.