Fate of missing Leanne Chambers still a mystery

THE fate of a woman missing from home remains a mystery one week after she disappeared.

Leanne Chambers with Steven Crossland

THE fate of a woman missing from home remains a mystery one week after she disappeared.

Police divers were yesterday continuing to trawl the River Wear in their search for 30-year-old Leanne Chambers, who has not been seen since she left her Chester-le-Street home last Tuesday.

Last night Leanne’s distraught boyfriend Steven Crossland told how he had endured a week of hell waiting for news of his beloved partner.

The 35-year-old said: “I still know nothing at all. As the days go by it gets worse and worse.

“Every day is the same at the moment, it’s just sitting and waiting. It’s terrible.

“All I’m doing is sitting in the house and hoping. It’s like living in limbo just sitting here waiting for news.”

Steven met Leanne at car parts supplier Calsonic Kansei, in Washington, where they both work.

But sales co-ordinator Leanne, who has suffered from depression for a number of years, had spent recent weeks off sick and was on medication. On Tuesday Leanne became worried when she received a message from work telling her she needed to be assessed by a doctor, and she was pre-occupied that night about her doctor’s appointment the next day.

The couple spent their last hours together before she disappeared having a meal at a local pub. When Steven went to bed leaving Leanne watching TV with a bottle of wine, she slipped out the house and has not been seen since.

Leanne was captured on CCTV walking into Chester-le-Street’s Riverside Park.

A huge search operation was launched on Wednesday involving police, firefighters and members of the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue Team.

Police divers spent Thursday searching the river and although Leanne’s purse and jacket were found and her mobile phone was discovered on a park bench, there is still no sign of her.

Officers from Northumbria Police’s underwater search unit returned to the river yesterday, this time widening their search area all the way to Sunderland.

“I can’t help thinking the worst now, because no one has seen her,” said Steven. Anyone with any information about Leanne’s whereabouts is asked to call Durham Police on 0345 606 0365.


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