Mountain rescue teams spend weekend searching for missing woman

More than 90 members of mountain rescue teams from Buxton, Kinder and Derby, together with nine search and rescue dogs spent the weekend searching for a woman who had gone missing from Buxton.

Sarah Eccles, 23, had last been seen in the Goyt Valley area on Wednesday August 14. She was found safe and well at home in Buxton on Saturday.

On Friday evening and Saturday the teams worked for more than 15 hours in a major search of part of the Goyt Valley, concentrating on the Hoo Moor Forest and the River Goyt.

Throughout Friday, the police checked local farms and buildings and the police helicopter made flyovers. Later that evening, Sarah’s handbag was found by a search and rescue dog in the forest.

On Saturday, the search continued, concentrating on where the handbag was found and working from there.

Neil Carruthers, Buxton Team Leader said: “Without a further find and no more evidence coming to light, we and the police concluded that the extensive search undertaken by all agencies should be stood down.”

Later on Saturday evening the teams were informed that Sarah had been located at her home in Buxton, safe and well.

Neil added: “The safety and welfare of this woman was our main concern and we are grateful she has returned home safely. We would like to thank all our mountain rescue colleagues for a job very well done in difficult circumstances and the police for their support which was most welcome”.