Police launch desperate search for schoolgirl, 15, after she vanished from her home 

Police launch desperate search for schoolgirl, 15, after she vanished from her home

  • Essex Police said they were ‘worried’ about missing Chantelle Edwards, 15 
  • Chantelle was reported missing from her home in Southend late on July 26 
  • She is 5ft 5in and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and torn light blue jeans 

A 15-year-old girl has been missing from her home in Southend since late yesterday evening, July 26, local police have said.

Officers in Southend said Chantelle Edwards, 15, was reported missing shortly before 11.20pm on Tuesday. 

Chantelle was described as being a white female, slim, 5ft 5in tall, with long blonde hair.

She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, light blue jeans with rips on the knees, and white trainers.

Chantelle Edwards, 15, was reported missing from her home in Southend around 11.20pm on Tuesday July 26

Chantelle Edwards, 15, was reported missing from her home in Southend around 11.20pm on Tuesday July 26

Chantelle was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, light blue jeans with rips on the knees, and white trainers

Chantelle was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, light blue jeans with rips on the knees, and white trainers

Essex Police in Southend said on social media: ‘We’re worried about her and need to find her to make sure she’s ok. 

‘If you’ve seen her, are with her, or have any information about where she is please call 999 quoting incident 1548 of 26 July.’

According to the charity missingpeople.org.uk, somebody is reported missing every 90 seconds in the UK, equating to a total of 170,000 people. 

Of that number, more than 70,000 are children and almost 98,000 are adults.

The charity also states that 80 per cent of children are found within the first 24 hours of being reported missing and 90 per cent are found within two days, while two per cent are not found in the first week. 

For adults, the respective figures are 75 per cent, 85 per cent and five per cent.

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