The children of a woman who went missing a week ago are “extremely upset” and want her back home, police officers have said.
Karen Stevenson, 42, left her home in Lairds Hill, Seafar, Cumbernauld, some time after midnight last Saturday, February 19.
The mum-of-two walked towards the town center and was seen in a lift at the shopping center around 2.44am.
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She then walked towards Muirfield community centre, near Brown Road and Fleming Road, and was there at around 2.55am.
Karen hasn’t been in touch since then, with police becoming “increasingly concerned” for her welfare.
Officers spoke to Cumbernauld residents a week on from her disappearance.
A total of 53 cars and 20 pedestrians were stopped in and around Fleming Road between 1am and 4am on Saturday in the hope of jogging people’s memories over Karen’s movements.
Sergeant Greig McKail said: “Karen’s family, including her two children, are extremely upset by her disappearance and just want to know she is safe and well and want her home as soon as possible.
“Extensive searches and inquiries have been carried out throughout the local area in an effort to trace her.
“These are continuing and we’ve been assisted by resources including specialist search advisors, and the dog unit.
“Officers have also been carrying out house to house inquiries and checking CCTV.
“Karen always stays close to home and has never been missing before.”
Karen is described as being 5ft 1in, slim build, with long brown hair. She was wearing a purple parka-style jacket with a black fur-lined hood, a cream long-sleeve T-shirt, black leggings, and black ankle boots.
She also may be carrying a small pink handbag, with metal studs and a chain strap.
Sgt McKail added: “As time passes we’re growing extremely concerned for her safety and wellbeing.
“I know our concern is shared by locals, and I would continue to urge anyone who thinks they may have seen her to get in touch as soon as possible. Any information, no matter how small, could help find it.
“If you have seen Karen since Sat 19 February, or have any information that may be relevant to our investigation please call 101 with reference 3369 of 19 February.
“Karen, if you read this appeal, please contact your family or the police so we know you are safe and well.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.