Detectives release CCTV of missing woman's last sighting as concerns mount - and appeal for footage along her route

By Kirsten Rawlins | Morda | News | Published:

Concerns are mounting for a missing Shropshire woman as detectives have released a CCTV still of her last confirmed sighting - and are appealing for anyone with added footage to come forward.

The CCTV still shows her with her dog, a black labrador called Charlie

Maria Duncan, aged 51, has not been seen since Friday afternoon around 3pm when she was out walking her dog.

Maria, from Morda near Oswestry, left her home in Trefonen Road around 3pm on Friday and walked on to Nant Lane.

West Mercia Police say 'extensive enquiries have been carried out' and the last confirmed sighting police have of Maria is on CCTV in Nant Lane at 3.12pm on Friday.

The CCTV still shows her with her dog, a black labrador called Charlie.

Police have now issued an appeal for anyone with CCTV along her normal dog-walking route - from Trefonen Road, to Nant Lane, through Nant y Caws, on to the B5069 Morda Road and back towards Trefonen Road - to come forward, as it may help with the search.

Maria Duncan

Maria is 5ft 7ins tall, of a medium build and has wavy light brown hair.


When last seen, Maria was wearing light blue jeans, white Nike trainers with pink around the sole and a blue waterproof jacket over a bright pink T-shirt.

Following searches at the weekend, Maria's family members are becoming increasingly concerned, say officers.

Considerable concern

Shropshire Detective Chief Inspector Mike Nally said: “Maria has now been missing with her dog since Friday afternoon which is out of character for her and causes us and her family considerable concern.


“Searches have taken place throughout the weekend to help find Maria which will continue today and we have officers working with Maria’s family. We’re incredibly grateful for the support from the local community and I would continue to urge anyone who has any information that may be able to help us find Maria to get in contact.

“We know that the last confirmed sighting we have of Maria is on CCTV at 3.12pm on Friday in Nant Lane, we know that she left her home around 3pm on Trefonen Road and walked along Trefonen Road towards Nant lane.

"Maria’s normal dog walking route will take her down Nant Lane, through Nant y Caws and then onto the B5069 Morda Road back towards her home.

"I would ask anyone who lives along that route and has CCTV footage to let us know as it may prove crucial in our enquiries.

“In the CCTV footage we have we can see that Maria is with her dog Charlie, unfortunately though we don’t know whether or not her dog is still with her, although we hope so but it may be they have become separated and I would also urge anyone who sees a black labrador in the local area on its own to please let us know as it could be Charlie.”

Those with any information are asked to contact police on 101 or the Missing People charity on 116 000.

Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins

Online Entertainment Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. E-mail me, or phone 01902 319368

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