Fears were growing today for the safety of a missing woman after her car was found abandoned at a secluded beauty spot.
Frankie Warren, 26, vanished from her home in Thornbury, Glos., on Wednesdayat 8.40 am.
The office worker did not turn up for work as usual and worried family members reported her missing later that evening.
Police tracked Frankie’s silver Honda Civic using number plate recognition cameras and were today searching an area of woodland 80 miles away from her home in Sedgley, West Mids. The blonde did not take any belongings or money with her and friends said she had only £20 worth of petrol in her car.
Her last contact with boyfriend Sam Cotton, 27, was at 11 am on Thursday, and the vehicle was logged by traffic cameras just before 5pm in the West Midlands.
Desperate Sam posted an emotional plea for information on his Facebook page the day Frankie went missing and yesterday revealed he had travelled to Sedgley to help with the search.
He wrote: “ATTENTION ALL OF MY FACEBOOK FRIENDS UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!
“MY GIRLFRIEND (FRANKIE WARREN) HAS GONE MISSING!!!!!! I last spoke with her at about 11am on 29th may, this is massively out of character for her and also to not contact anyone!!!!
“Her car was traced to junction 4a on M5 about 5 o’clock yesterday but no trace since!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE would you share this update to your walls!!!
“She was wearing blue jogging bottoms, grey hooded top with her hair in a pony tail. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BABY!!!!! We all just want you home safe!!!!!”
Yesterday morning, he added: “We are in sedgley nr dudley looking for Frankie Warren we need all the help we can get people! please if anyone can come up and help us search we would be ever so greatful (sic)!!!
“Please please contact me if you can help!!!!!!
“She only had £20 petrol so chances are she won’t be drivin (sic) the car because she hasn’t got any of her belongings with her eg bank card etc, please keep sharing people we all really appreciate it!!!!”
Frankie’s family believe her disappearance may be linked to her being upset at a recent HAIRCUT that went wrong.
The worried parents of the 26-year-old told residents helping with the search for her in Sedgley, West Mids., Frankie was depressed about her latest hair-style.
Kieran and Margerie Warren said they could think of “no other reason” why their daughter would disappear out of the blue.
Dog walker Kevin Fletcher, 46, met Kieran, 59, at 6am this morning as he was walking his Labrador.
Factory manager Kevin said: “I took my dog Coco up to the fields at 6am and could hear people shouting her.
“As I got to the top of the field there was a bloke there with hiking boots on and a big stick.
“He went ‘I’m her dad’. He said he didn’t know why she had come here. I did ask if she had any connection to the area and he said no.
“He said she was really mixed in her head and has been missing for a couple of nights and she’s gone very depressed.
“I asked why is she so depressed and he said she went and had her hair done a couple of weeks ago and they didn’t do it right.
“He said she kept going back and it was getting worse.
“He said that’s all we can think of and we can’t understand why.”
Kevin also revealed he first saw Frankie’s abandoned silver Honda Civic parked near the wooded area early on Thursday morning but thought nothing of it.
He added: “I saw the car Thursday morning. I thought the door doesn’t look like it’s shut properly.
“But I didn’t think anything else of it because it was raining and a horrible morning.
“Apparently the keys were still in the car and her handbag was on the passenger seat.
“I saw the police there on Thursday night too. It was after 7pm and I took Coco out and there was police everywhere with dogs.
“They asked me not to let Coco off the lead, there must have been about ten of them with dogs.
“I could hear the police helicopter as well, it looked like it had the infa-red on.
“It must have hovered over the fields for about 20 or 30 minutes.”
A large-scale search was underway today as officers combed woodland around Sedgley Hall Park for clues.
Police said they feared for Frankie’s safety because of her fragile state at the time of her appearance – but revealed she did not have a history of mental illness.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “Her family, and the police officers searching for her, are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare because of her state of mind when she left.
“Since Frankie was reported missing we have been conducting enquiries to try and find her.
“As a result of those enquiries, her silver Honda Civic was found by West Midlands Police near some woodland in Sedgley at around 6.50pm on Thursday evening.
“A large search of the area took place by officers from West Midlands Police and will begin again at first light on Friday morning.
“Frankie is a white woman, 5′ 8” tall and with a slim build.
“She has a pieced left nostril, blue eyes and straight blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue tracksuit with full-length jogging bottoms with a white waist cord and a white logo on the leg.
“She had a light-grey hooded tracksuit top and a quilted jacket made of brown, shiny material and a fur-trimmed hood.
“Anyone who has seen Frankie since she went missing, or knows where she currently is, should contact police on 101.”