Missing girl's mother makes appeal

THE mother of a missing Ipswich prostitute last night spoke of her devastation at the disappearance of her daughter and appealed for help in finding her.

THE mother of a missing Ipswich prostitute last night spoke of her devastation at the disappearance of her daughter and appealed for help in finding her.

Gemma Adams has now been missing for more than two weeks and concerns are growing for her welfare.

Last night, the 25-year-old's mother spoke for the first time of the torment endured by her family.

She said: “We are just devastated and are desperate to hear from her.”


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Yesterday police revealed further details of what Gemma looked like on the night of her disappearance.

A member of police staff dressed in replicas of her clothes in the hope of jogging the memories of the public.

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Mrs Adams said: “We've been pleased with the response to the appeals so far but are hoping this will jog some people's memories.”

She admitted the family had no idea about where her daughter could be.

Through the police, Gemma's family also released a statement yesterday urging her to make contact.

Mr and Mrs Adams, who do not want their first names to be made public, said: “As Gemma's parents, we and our whole family are concerned about her welfare and are devastated about her disappearance. There have been no rows or upsets between us and we want her to know that she is always welcome back home.

“We would urge people to come forward with any information and contact police.”

Detective Chief Inspector David Skevington, who is leading the investigation into Gemma's disappearance, said police were continuing to keep an open mind in their investigations and exploring any possible line of inquiry.

And he spoke of his hope that people could be prompted to come forward by the latest appeal.

He said: “It might be that people have been reluctant to come forward and we hope this clothing will encourage these people to come forward and give us any information they can so we can find Gemma and return her to her family.”

There have been no confirmed sightings of Gemma, of Blenheim Road, Ipswich since 1.15am on November 15 outside the BMW garage on West End Road.

Her disappearance came just over two weeks after Tania Nicol, 19, also disappeared from the town. Both were working as prostitutes.

DCI Skevington added: “We are working closely with the team investigating the disappearance of Tania to see what similarities there are. They disappeared from the same part of Ipswich at a similar sort of time and it might be that those areas were visited by people as part of their routine.

“We hope by releasing photos of the clothing we will really help people who think they may have seen her.”

Anyone with information about the disappearance of either of the women should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

mark.bulstrode@eadt.co.uk

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