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Police search River Darent for missing mum Sarah Wellgreen

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A river is being searched for a missing mother-of-five who police believe may have been murdered.

Sarah Wellgreen was last seen in the Bazes Shaw area of New Ash Green, Kent, on the evening of 9 October.

The 46-year-old was not reported missing until the morning of 11 October, Kent Police confirmed.

Police divers are now searching the river Darent in Dartford town centre.

Kent Police tweeted: “Marine search unit officers are currently searching the river Darent in Dartford town centre in connection with the disappearance and potential murder of #NewAshGreen mother of five Sarah Wellgreen.”

Ms Wellgreen has not been in contact with her family since she was last seen.

Her car left was left at her home address and there have been no new transactions on her bank or credit cards.

Scratchers Lane in Fawkham, near Brands Hatch, is one of the areas being searched
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Scratchers Lane near Brands Hatch is one of the areas that has been searched

Police have said her disappearance is now being treated as a potential murder.

A man in his 30s was arrested on 16 October and released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detectives began searching two new areas in Kent on Thursday.

They included Dartford town centre and a road near the Brands Hatch motoring circuit.

Ms Wellgreen is described as white, around 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build, with green eyes and straight brown shoulder-length hair.

Detective Superintendent Paul Fotheringham said: “It is entirely out of character for her to go missing and having conducted extensive enquiries and searches, this case is now being treated as a potential murder.

“Sarah has disappeared without a trace, the only item missing from the home is her black iPhone 4.”

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