Police leaflet commuters in search for woman

LEAFLETS were handed to bus passengers yesterday in an attempt to trace a woman who has been missing for two weeks.

Mother of two Elizabeth Brown, 55, was last seen on CCTV getting off a bus at 11:55am in Edinburgh on 28 May.

She was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and black shoes, and carrying two large Aldi supermarket bags when she stepped off the 3 LRT bus in Nicolson Square.

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Ms Brown is 5ft 7in, has fair hair and glasses, and is known to family and friends as Betty. She was reported missing on 1 June.

Police gave out leaflets and spoke to passengers on the 3 LRT bus today. They said they did not believe Ms Brown had come to any harm.

A statement released on behalf of Ms Brown's family read: "Betty, we want you to know that whatever problems you are having, we can work through them together as a family.

"Everyone misses you so much and all we want to know is that you are safe and well.

"If you don't want to get in touch with us directly, please contact the police or find some way of letting us know that you are OK.

"We are all worried sick and desperate for any news that can help put our minds at rest."

Lothian and Borders Police Chief Inspector Allison Strachan said: "Although we are focusing our inquiries in the Edinburgh area, Betty is originally from Hawick, and we are exploring the possibility that she may have travelled there.

"I would appeal to anyone who has seen or heard from her in the time that she has been missing to let us know as soon as possible. Similarly, I want to appeal to Betty directly to get in touch with her family or the police, and let us know that she is safe and well."