Colleagues of Sian O’Callaghan today told how she was in ”good spirits” and ”looking forward to the weekend” – just hours before she mysteriously disappeared.
Sian with her boyfriend Kevin
Workers at industrial storage company Dexion said the pretty administrator was a popular and cheerful member of the team.
The fun-loving clubber – who has now been missing for five days – went to work on Swindon’s Dorcan industrial estate as normal on Friday.
But she vanished after a night out at Suju nightclub in the town at 2.50am on Saturday.
Liz Watson, operations director at Dexion, said Sian had been employed at the company for just over a year.
She added that staff felt ”helpless” and greatly missed her.
Mrs Watson said: ”Upon learning the news of Sian’s disappearance, we were understandably distressed and are still in a state of shock and disbelief.
”We wish to issue the following collective statement on behalf of us all, at Constructor Group UK, to relay our thoughts at this time.
”We are extremely concerned to learn of the disappearance of Sian. She is a well liked, and popular member of our team and has a friendly and cheerful nature; always smiling and happy.
”Sian attended work on Friday as normal and she was in her usual good spirits and looking forward to the weekend.
”We are all very worried about her at the moment and hope that further developments of her whereabouts will come to light soon.
”Our staff are feeling very helpless at the moment and are keen to contribute in any way. As such they are now participating in the local searches for Sian.
”Our thoughts are very much with Sian’s family and friends at this difficult time and we cannot comprehend how they must be feeling.
”We urge anybody that has any information relating to Sian to contact the police immediately, to aid their investigation.
”We miss Sian greatly and hope she can be located very soon.”
Police today continued to scour several hotspots in Savernake Forest in the hope of finding a crucial clue to her disappearance.
Chief Superintendent Steve Hedley, divisional commander for Wiltshire Police, confirmed telephone data had given them a smaller area to search.
He said searches in the 6.5 mile radius from the local phone mast in Wiltshire had been narrowed down to areas where signal strength was good.
But he could not confirm if all of the text messages and calls received by Sian’s phone on Saturday morning had been tracked down to a single location.
He said: ”The area we now have through data is not the vast area we were dealing with before, but rather more hotspots to look at and more specific areas of the woods to search.
”Specially trained officers have now gone into these areas.
”We thank the public for their help so far, we have decided not to use them today but that doesn’t mean we won’t need them later in the week.”
He confirmed around 60 officers were involved in the searches in the woodland ”with many more dealing with enquiries in Swindon”.
He said: ”We’re still looking at a wide area to search but it’s considerably narrower than the vast area we had before.
”It doesn’t mean we’re going to find anything significant and the area we are looking in could still involve Marlborough and Pewsey.
”We have had a huge response from the public, it has been fantastic and we could not have asked for more.
”It is awful for Sian’s family, the appeals for information are still exactly the same as earlier in the week.
”Anybody with anything they think may help should contact police.”
Earlier Wiltshire Search and Rescue helped officers search areas close to the Postern Hill campsite car park in the forest as they scoured 500 square metres at a time.
A candlelit vigil is set to take place tonight at St Barnabas Church in Swindon at 7pm for friends and wellwishers to say prayers for missing Sian.
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