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One week on, desperate family of missing Edinburgh woman Alice Byrne appeal for help

© PAAlice Byrne, who was reported missing in Edinburgh on New Year's Day
Alice Byrne, who was reported missing in Edinburgh on New Year's Day

The family of Alice Byrne yesterday appealed for help to find her a week since she disappeared.

The 28-year-old was last seen leaving a friend’s flat in Marlborough Street in Portobello, Edinburgh, between 8am and 10am on New Year’s Day.

A police drone, dogs, specialist services and officers from Police Scotland’s Marine Unit have been involved in the search.

Ms Byrne’s family said they were growing “extremely worried” and said her disappearance was out of character. They added: “She always keeps in contact with us, so we are extremely worried because we have not heard from her.

“If Alice sees this, we want her to know how much we miss her. We just want her home safe and well.”

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Posters appealing for help in finding Alice have been put up around Portobello beach in Edinburgh (Pic: Alamy)

She has been described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, and of medium build, with short black hair. When last seen she was wearing a black top, black jeans ripped at the knees and white trainers.

Chief Inspector Kieran Dougal said: “It has now been one week since Alice was last seen and since then she has not made any contact with family or friends.

“As time passes we have become increasingly concerned for her wellbeing and safety.

“We continue to appeal to anyone who was in the Portobello area at that time who may have dashcam footage to check devices and call if you have any sightings of Alice.

“We are aware that the beach and promenade area was busy on New Year’s morning so appeal to anyone to review photos and call if they have any information that may assist in tracing Alice.

“Officers have been speaking to local people and visiting local businesses in the area in case anyone remembers seeing Alice in the area.

“Naturally Alice’s friends and family are extremely concerned and we just want to trace her as soon as possible to ensure she is safe.

“Again, I would urge anyone who has seen Alice since Saturday, January 1, or who has any information that may be relevant to our investigation, to contact us as soon as possible.

“If Alice reads this appeal, please phone your family, friends or the police.”

Any information can be passed to police through 101.