Underwater search finds nothing

A DRAMATIC underwater search by police divers in the hunt for a missing woman failed to find anything, police have revealed.

Police divers descended on a Sutton on Sea caravan park last Tuesday after an anonymous tip-off in an eight-year missing persons case.

Anne Simpson disappeared from her Skegness home in September 2004.

Despite repeated appeals in the media no sightings of Anne have ever been recorded.

However the search for Anne was rekindled after a plea from her daughters in September last year, on the seventh anniversary of her disappearance, which police believe led to an anonymous male phone call earlier this month.

It was that call which sparked last week’s four-day search at the Lakeside Caravan Park in Sutton on Sea.

But although the search failed to turn up anything, police have not ruled out returning to the lake again in the future.

And they have pledged that the case remains very active.

A spokesperson said: “The search finished last Friday and no further searches are being done at the moment.

“But there are lots of further active chains of enquiry and the lead officer has said that he may return to the lake at some time in the future, although there are no plans just yet.

“The case is still very active.”

Police have renewed their appeal for anyone with any information relating to Anne’s disappearance to contact either themselves or Crimestoppers.

Meanwhile, a 63-year-old man has been released on bail after being arrested in the Brixham area in South Devon ‘in connection with Anne’s disappearance’ last week.

He was held at Torquay Police Station before his release.

Anyone with information about Anne’s disappearance is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 35 of 15 May.