Police first lead on missing woman in over a year


CCTV Footage 2By Rory Reynolds

POLICE are hunting a man in connection with the disappearance of a 25-year-old woman more than a year ago.

Lothian and Borders Police have released CCTV footage of Samantha Wright walking down Hanover Street in Edinburgh with a bald middle-aged man on 12 June 2008 at around 8.55pm.

A police spokesperson said they are “extremely anxious” to speak to the man in question – who has not been identified.

25-year-old Samantha – who is originally from Stevenage in Hertfordshire – has not made contact with her family or friends in over fourteen months.The CCTV footage was taken from cameras operating at the junction at Hanover Street and Rose Street in Edinburgh.

Chief Inspector Paul Bullen, who is in charge of the case, said the footage is the police’s only lead.

He said: “After many months of extensive enquiries and detailed searches, we still have no evidence as to Samantha’s whereabouts or her welfare.

“Thanks to the hard work and diligence of officers investigating her disappearance, we were able to locate CCTV images of what are believed to be Samantha’s last known movements.

“We are extremely keen to speak to the man pictured with Samantha in the footage, and would ask him to contact police immediately.

“We believe he could be a significant witness, and may have information about Samantha’s demeanour and intentions on that evening.”

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