The main cycle path between Newport and Sandown is the focus for the search for missing Isle of Wight woman, Charlotte Birch.

Cyclists who use the path are being asked to stay vigilant, while residents who live near to the path are being urged to check gardens, outbuildings, sheds and any bins.

The 44 year old from Shanklin went missing from St Mary’s Hospital on Wednesday (9) wearing hospital scrubs.

A possible sighting was recorded on Wednesday evening in Rookley, prompting police to focus their search on that area.

However, now, almost 48 hours since she left the hospital, police are appealing for people to check the area around the cycle path.

The Island’s voluntary search and rescue team – WightSAR – have been looking for her in Newport, Rookley and Merstone.

Today (Friday), that search has focused mainly in Merstone and surrounding areas.

A police spokesperson said:

“As we mentioned yesterday, we had a sighting on the cycle path between Newport and Sandown, which is used a lot by cyclists and dog walkers.

“We are searching this area again today but we are keen for people who live along this long stretch, at Blackwater, Merstone and Arreton, to check any sheds or outbuildings that you might have.

“This is a large area to search and while we are out with our colleagues from Wight SAR your help will be invaluable, carefully searching any buildings you have, behind bins, under vehicles and in gardens.

“It has been particularly cold over the past two days, so she may have sought shelter.”

Please call 101, quoting 44190010676 with any information. In an emergency call 999.