Appeal to find missing teenage girl

MISSING ... Katie Free, pictured with her boyfriend Will Gilligan.
MISSING ... Katie Free, pictured with her boyfriend Will Gilligan.

POLICE have appealed for help to find a missing teenage girl, who is believed to be in the North East.

Katie Free, 19, from York, was in the care of a treatment centre in Grimsby, and went missing in Cleethorpes at about 12.45pm on Saturday.

She hasn’t been seen since, and police are growing concerned for her welfare due to an existing medical condition.

She has a pale complexion, blue eyes and red hair, often worn in a ponytail. She is 5ft 7ins tall, thin, and wears glasses.

When last seen she was wearing black leggings and a burgundy hooded jacket with a white logo on the front. She was said to be carrying a black tote bag and wearing burgundy shoes.

Katie is believed to be with her boyfriend Will Gilligan, who is from the Darlington area.

It is thought they could be traveling together by public transport around various areas, including Darlington, Hartlepool, Durham and Northumbria.

Detective Inspector Jim Fairgrieve, who is overseeing the search for Katie, said: “Katie has been missing before and was located safely and promptly.

“Her welfare is our main priority and our aim is to achieve that result again and as quickly as possible.

“As time moves on our concern is growing due to her ongoing health issues.

“It is important that we locate Katie so we can ensure she receives the support she urgently needs.

“We are appealing to Katie to make contact, either with her family or the emergency services, at the earliest opportunity.

“We would also ask the public to help us by calling us to inform us if they see Katie and provide us with details of her whereabouts.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Humberside Police on 101.