THE heartbroken family of an Airedale woman who went missing on Christmas Eve have issued a desperate plea for her to come home after an alleged sighting in Leeds.
Husband David Pearson, 62, of Park Dale Estate, Airedale, said he is “devastated” his wife of 37 years has not made contact with him or his three children and 14 grandchildren since she left their bungalow after an argument on December 24.
This week a West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman confirmed there had been an independent sighting of Mrs Pearson in Leeds – but her devastated family say they fear for her safety and urged her to get in touch.
Daughter Leanne Pearson, 36, of Granville Street, Castleford, said: “I can’t get excited when the police say they have a sighting in Leeds, I just want her back here with us, she could still be dead, lying in a gutter somewhere, and until I see her or hear from her I’m not going to get my hopes up.
“This ordeal is breaking all our hearts, we are all living together now and we are at breaking point.
“She is my mum and we are all so close that it just doesn’t make sense that she would not get in touch.
“I just want her to come home, none of us can bare to do anything else but try to find her.”
The distraught family have tried to contact her through social networking site Facebook – after she left the house with only her black Toshiba laptop – and have tried knocking on friends’ doors.
Mr Pearson said: “I’m at my wit’s end with it now, I can’t eat, sleep or think about anything else other than where my wife is.
“I love her so much and I can’t understand why she wouldn’t be in touch with at least one of us to let the family know she is okay, we are devastated.
“I can’t stay in the bungalow any more, I can’t live there on my own, I need her with me.
“I’ve been staying with my daughter and her children so we can support each other because what more can we do other than plead with her to get in touch.”
A police spokeswoman said officers were continuing to search for Mrs Pearson and had scrambled the force’s helicopter to trace people who know her.
She added: “Police have carried out inquiries to trace and speak to her friends, family and associates and there have been a number of sightings of her by people who know her, as well as an independent sighting of her on December 30.
“We have updated her family throughout on our progress and continue to do so.”
Anyone with information about Mrs Pearson’s whereabouts should call Wakefield police on 101.