POLICE say they are keeping an open mind over the disappearance of a diabetic Blackpool woman missing from home for more than five weeks.
Search efforts are continuing in earnest for 51-year-old Caroline Whitelaw who was last seen leaving her Wall Street home on April 10.
Concerns are growing for her safety however as Mrs Whitelaw is diabetic and needs regular medication for her blood pressure.
As the weeks slip by, the public are urged to keep their eyes open according to Detective Inspector Becky Smith.
She said, “We are still very much continuing our search for Caroline.
“Five weeks is a long time and it is peculiar she has appeared to have disappeared without a trace. I would ask people in Blackpool to check outbuildings and sheds again as she may be sleeping rough.
“At this stage, we don’t know if she may have started a new life somewhere else, but if anyone has seen Caroline, I would ask them to contact the police.”
Mrs Whitelaw’s heartbroken family say her disappearance is out of character and say she needs three sachets of Metformin a day along with tablets to treat high blood pressure.
She was last seen leaving Milbourne Street on Sunday April 10, at 2.30pm and is believed to have left with no money, bank cards or mobile phone.
The missing woman is described as around 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build with a pale complexion.
She has shoulder length black hair, brown eyes and speaks with a Scottish accent.
When last seen, she was wearing blue jeans, a black Bench coat and white trainers.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Blackpool police on 01253 293933 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.