Woman missing for almost three weeks 'may have changed hair colour'

It has been 14 days since the last reported sighting of Michelle Pettie from Melrose.

Concern growing for woman missing from Melrose in Scottish Borders for almost three weeks Police Scotland

“Significant resources” are being used in the search for a woman missing from the Scottish Borders for almost three weeks as concern grows.

Michelle Pettie, 45, disappeared on Saturday, September 3, and was officially reported as missing to police two days later.

The last reported sighting of her was near shops on Hawthorn Road, Galashiels around 9am on Friday, September 9, but there have been no further sightings since that day.

Police say that information received “during the early days of the investigation” is being used to “focus and direct” the search activity.

Ms Pettie is described as white, around 5ft 3in in height with a slim build and when she went missing, her hair is believed to be dyed a pink/purple colour. 

Officers added that she may have changed her hair colour during her disappearance.

When she was last seen, she was wearing a dark jacket and jeans.

Inspector Lynsey Thomson said: “Two weeks have now passed since Michelle was last seen and we are urging the public to come forward with any information relating to her whereabouts.

“We have significant resources dedicated to the inquiry in an effort to find Michelle.

“All the information gleaned during the early days of the investigation is being used to focus and direct our search activity.

“I would ask people to note that Michelle may have changed her hair colour and to bear that in mind when looking out for her.

“We are concerned for Michelle’s welfare and are appealing for any assistance that can help trace her safe and well.  

“If anyone has seen Michelle or has any information or knowledge as to her whereabouts please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 1749 of September 5, 2022.

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