Police are continuing to search three sites of investigation for a missing mother-of-two who vanished close to two weeks ago.
Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate leading the case to find missing woman Alexandra Morgan are treating the disappearance as a potential murder.
A 40-year-old man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murder, as part of the ongoing investigation, and remains in custody today.
Alexandra, 34, from Sissinghurst, Kent, known as Alex to her friends, was last seen at a petrol station near Cranbrook at 7.20am on Remembrance Sunday – November 14. She has not been in contact with her family since.
Police say her disappearance is now being treated as suspicious, and a potential murder investigation.
A photo of her car, a white Mini Cooper with the registration number MF55 YHM, has also been issued by officers as part of their enquiries.
Investigators have established that, on Sunday, November 14 and Monday, November 15, the car made journeys between her home and towards the Hastings area.
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The 40-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea was arrested early on Thursday morning on suspicion of murder.
Kent Police officers, with support from Sussex Police, are carrying out searches in three locations in the Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea area, as part of their work to locate Alexandra.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Kimber, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said it was “completely out of character for Alexandra not to contact her family”.
“We are now treating this case as a potential murder,” he said.
“While we continue our investigation, I would urge anyone who may have seen Alexandra or her white Mini Cooper with a black roof to contact us.
“If you think you may have seen Alexandra or something suspicious but are not sure, please do not hesitate to call and let us know.”
A friend, who was the last person to see missing mother-of-two Alexandra before she vanished, fears something may have happened to her.
Petrol station manager Rose McAuley, 32, served the 34-year-old when she topped her Mini Cooper up with £10 of fuel and bought a coffee and snack.
The mother of two also laughed with her friend of 17 years, who she first met at a local youth club, after tripping over a wet floor warning sign.
Mother of two Alexandra, known as Alex by friends, has not been seen for 10 days since making the purchases at 7.20am on Remembrance Sunday.
Rose, who also lives in the village near the Sussex border and has worked at the garage for nine years, said: “I don’t think anybody knows what’s happened to her or where she’s gone. For her car not to be seen at all since then is a complete mystery.
“A friend and I went around Hastings looking for it but didn’t find anything.
“Alex never gets embarrassed so I don’t think it’s a case of her being afraid to come home. I just hope nothing bad has happened to her. I just hope she’s okay and turns up. It’s really worrying.”
Alex, who Rose says used to run a dog grooming business, said she was planning to visit friends in Yorkshire for a week but complained her black roofed Mini needed repairing.
Rose said of their interaction: “Alex often comes in without any make up on and in comfy clothes as this is her local shop, as you would.
“But she was really dolled up with a full face of make up, her hair done and wearing nice clothes when she came in that Sunday looking very well presented.
“She was more done up than I’ve ever seen her before. And she came in very early in the morning which was unlike her. She put £10 of fuel in and bought a coffee and a snack.
“Alex seemed in a good mood and was smiling. She was just your usual Alex – tripping over the wet floor sign and laughing about it.”
Police have taken CCTV from the garage, and interviewed manager Rose for a description of what Alex was wearing, and how she behaved when she was last seen.
Detectives were initially looking into whether she used the vehicle to travel to York but have since tracked the car between her home and Hastings on the Sunday she was last seen and the following Monday.
The Mini is said to be “key to establishing her whereabouts”.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Kimber, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for Alexandra’s welfare. She has two children and it is completely out of character for her not to contact them.
Alexandra, described as being around five feet six inches tall with a slim build and brown shoulder length hair, was wearing a green knee-length quilted coat, a black top, ripped blue jeans, knee-high black boots and a silver necklace when last seen.
A Kent Police spokesman said yesterday: “Kent Police officers are carrying out searches of an area close to Westfield near Hastings, as part of their work to locate Alexandra Morgan, who is missing from Sissinghurst.
“The searches include locations close to Rock Lane, and are being supported by officers from Sussex Police.”
A Major Incident Public Portal has been set up for people to submit information, CCTV or dashcam footage.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.