The family of a woman who went missing three and-a-half years ago are appealing for her safe return.
On May 11, 2017, Patricia Finnie visited a friend who lived on Riviera Drive in Southend, Essex.
She left her friend’s home between 12.45pm and 1.15pm that day and was last seen walking in the Bellevue Avenue area.
CCTV footage shows a woman matching Patricia’s description heading up Bellevue Avenue towards Southchurch Road where she is believed to have got on a bus.
No-one has seen or heard from her since, but police remain “open-minded” about what’s happened to her.
Over the last three-and-a-half years, Patricia has missed out on the birth of her grandchild, Eden.
Her son, Matthew, said “it was a bit weird” Patricia not being there when he announced his fiancé was pregnant.
Matthew said: “There will always be a sadness that mum has not been around to see some part of the better events of the past three years.
“There are parts of your life where, I believe, your mum and dad should be there.
“We had dad, we had my fiancé Laura’s dad and stepmother round. That was the day where we’d agreed to tell them that my partner, Laura, was pregnant.
“I wasn’t overcome by sadness about mum not being there. I was looking forward to finally revealing this big secret that we’d kept so hard for so long.
“It was a bit weird mum not being there, it would have been absolutely fantastic. I know she would have been over the moon.”
In the time she has been missing, Patricia’s family have also dealt with the passing of her mother.
“There’s no shrine but Pat’s part of our lives”
Patricia’s husband Gordon said there are reminders of her all around their home: “There’s no shrine but Pat’s part of our lives.
“In our garden, there’s a Silver Anniversary rose which is 23 years-old, there’s a rose called ‘Patricia’ that she got for her birthday from her grandson, there’s a plant behind it which came from a holiday at the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall and her beautiful cross-stitch features continue to decorate the walls.
“She’s all around.”
He has urged anyone who may have seen her to come forward and contact Essex Police.
He added: “The message to Pat from the family is ‘The door remains ajar. It’s up to you, we’re doing everything we can to find you, hopefully safe and well.’
“And if you’re there, just get in touch.”
“We remain open-minded about what’s happened to her but we need to find the answers”
Detective Superintendent Neil Pudney said: “Patricia had gone to visit a friend in Riviera Drive in Southend on 11 May 2017 and she left there sometime between 12.45pm and 1.15pm.
“CCTV footage in Bellevue Avenue shows Patricia walking in the direction of Southchurch Road.
“We believe she then went to catch a bus from that area but hasn’t been seen since.
“Patricia was last seen wearing a full-length black quilted coat with a hood, a pink top, navy trousers, and black shoes.
“Since then we’ve viewed hours and hours of CCTV footage, carried out extensive house-to-house enquiries, phone work, and drone searches, as well as enquiries with local bus and rail companies.
“Sadly though, we’ve not found any evidence about where Patricia may have gone.
“We remain open-minded about what’s happened to her but we need to find the answers for Gordon, Matthew, and the rest of her family.”
If you have any information about where Patricia may have gone or may be now be, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.