Police have renewed an appeal for a missing woman from Ryde.

42-year-old Joanna Orpin has been missing from her home since 7.30 am yesterday morning (Tuesday), according to police.

Efforts had initially been focused in the Culver Down viewpoint area, where Joanna’s car – a black Audi – had been found at 10 am yesterday.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team joined Wight Search and Rescue (WightSAR) on scene at 1.15 pm today.

Hampshire Constabulary says its believed she then bought cigarettes and a lighter at 7.20 am at the Premier Store on Marlborough Road in Ryde.

Police say they are keen to hear from anyone, such as dog walkers, who may have seen her in the area of Culver Down between 7:00 am and 10 am.

Joanna’s family are said to be growing “increasingly concerned”, as they have not heard from her since yesterday morning.

A description of Joanna Orpin is as follows:

  • White.
  • 5ft 9ins tall.
  • Slim build.
  • She has long blonde hair and brown eyes.
  • She may be wearing a bright pink top and black leggings.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said:

“I’d like to thank our colleagues from the coastguard, Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR), and our specialist teams including the marine unit, who have helped us to continue our searches at Culver Down today in wet and windy conditions.

“We will continue to extend our searches over the coming days if Joanna is not found. We remain concerned for her welfare and are providing support to her family at this time.”

Anyone who thinks they may have seen Joanna in the Culver Down, Sandown, or Bembridge areas yesterday morning is being asked to contact police urgently on 101, quoting 44180058184.