The daughter of a woman who vanished while walking her dog in Snowdonia, Wales, has issued a desperate plea to bring her “mummy home”. Ausra Plungiene, 56, disappeared on Tuesday morning after leaving to take her dog for a walk at roughly 10.30 am. Her car was found in a remote car park in Rowen, and police say they are “extremely concerned for her safety” following a yellow weather warning for Wales yesterday.
Ms Plungiene’s daughter, Toma Plungauite, appealed to the public for help in finding her missing mother, describing her as a “beautiful soul”.
She told The Sun: “My mum is the most beautiful soul, who would do anything for anyone. So I’m asking for anyone with any information to come forward to bring our mummy home.”
North Wales Police, along with the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Teams and RAF Search and Rescue, are working together to try and locate Ausra.
The Met Office yesterday issued a warning for high winds, rain, and snow on higher ground during a sweeping Atlantic storm labeled “Noa” by the French Meteorological Service.
A search of the Eryri national park in Snowdonia was carried out after the authorities were alarmed just before 10pm on Tuesday.
Her car was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Officers said she may have been wearing a dark pink or purple padded jacket, black leggings and blue shoes at the time of her disappearance.
Superintendent Owain Llewellyn said: “We are extremely concerned for Ausra’s safety and I am appealing to anyone who may have seen her or has any information on her whereabouts to get in touch.
“Her vehicle was located in a remote car park in Rowen shortly after midnight so we are working to establish which route she may have taken.
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“Searches are continuing across the area this morning – involving a number of resources including air support, and due to the current inclement weather conditions, I would ask members of the public not to conduct their own searches, and allow our Mountain Rescue colleagues to continue their enquiries.
Ms Plungiene is just one of several people who went missing amid the extreme weather.
Another rescue mission was launched in Brighton, East Sussex after a person, believed by locals to be a teenager, was swept into the sea near the city’s famous Palace Pier.
The incident occurred in the afternoon, prompting a frantic search by lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter along the shoreline. The operation continued well into the evening, with no news yet on the fate of the missing person.
Anybody who may have seen Ausra or have any information is urged to contact North Wales Police on 101 or via the website, quoting reference number A052734.
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