CCTV shows ‘happy’ midwife before she went missing


Police searching for a midwife who has not been seen since she left work in her car almost a week ago have released CCTV as concern grows for her safety.

Samantha Eastwood was last seen wearing her uniform as she finished a shift at the Royal Stoke Hospital in Staffordshire on Friday morning.

The alarm was first raised when she failed to turn up for her 7pm night shift later that evening.

A 32-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent arrested in connection with her disappearance has been bailed under investigation.

Staffordshire Police released CCTV of Ms Eastwood leaving work with a female colleague, before driving off alone in her Volvo car at 7.47am.

It is hoped releasing the footage may jog memories.

Several addresses are now being searched and the public is urged to report any sightings of vehicles parked in “strange locations”, isolated areas, or lay-bys.

Detectives have also said Ms Eastwood left her bank cards at home and is believed to have “no access to money”.

The 28-year-old’s car was found parked on the driveway at her house.

Detective Superintendent Simon Duffy, head of the force’s major and organised crime team, said the fact Ms Eastwood had no cash or access to a vehicle is “ramping up the concern”.

“This is totally out of character for Samantha. Although she has gone away before, she has always been in contact with her family. She has not taken her car or her bank cards and there has been no contact from her or confirmed sightings,” he said.

Detectives said they are aware of a report of neighbours hearing a scream in the vicinity of Ms Eastwood’s address at about 2pm on Friday.

Ms Eastwood has not been seen since she left work on Friday morning
Image: Ms Eastwood has not been seen since she left work on Friday morning

Mr Duffy said that account “forms part of one of a number of theories and ongoing investigations”, adding he was unable to comment further.

Mr Duffy said: “She’s still being treated as a high-risk missing person.

“We’ve got nothing to suggest anything to the contrary at this time.”

Ms Eastwood is described as white, approximately 5ft 3in, of medium build, with shoulder-length ginger hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion with freckles.

Mr Duffy said he was as yet unable to say whether police have recovered Ms Eastwood’s phone, but that it is “part of an ongoing investigation”.

He described Ms Eastwood as appearing “jovial and happy” when she left work on Friday morning.

Mr Duffy added that she had been in a relationship and engaged, but it had been broken off earlier in the year and she is currently single and living alone.

Ms Eastwood has worked as a midwife for six years, with chief nurse at the Royal Stoke Liz Rix describing her colleague as a “much-loved and valued” staff member.

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North Yorkshire Police has also shared the appeal as Ms Eastwood had holidayed in Whitby earlier in the year.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact police.

From – SkyNews


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