These young women vanished without a trace this year and still haven’t been found

Libby Squire, Joy Morgan and Leah Croucher were all reported missing in 2019 but they have not been found

In cases that have shocked the country, these young women have vanished without a trace as their heartbreaking families desperately search to find them.

Libby Squire, 21, Leah Croucher, 19, and Joy Morgan, 21, are among those who have been reported missing in 2019 and despite extensive searches and appeals, they have not been found.

These women were on their way to work, on a night out or had been at church – but never came home.

Their families have pleaded for anyone who might have any information about their disappearances to come forward in the hopes they’ll see their daughters again.

According to Missing People UK, 77% of missing adults are found within 24 hours of their disappearance while 84% are found with two days.

Just 4% will be missing for longer that a week, as has happened in these heartbreaking cases.

All appeals active at the time of publication.

Student Libby Squire, 21, has been missing for over a month and police say her disappearance remains “unexplained”.

The last known sighting of Libby was on February 1 at 12.05am on Beverley Road at the junction with Haworth Street.

The University of Hull student vanished after a night out with friends, sparking a huge search and numerous appeals.

There have been no further sightings or contact from Libby since this time, said police.

A man remains under investigation for kidnap in connection to Libby’s disappearance.

Earlier this week, Humberside Police released a new video of Libby, which her mum described as “lovely” and “very Libby”, saying further searches continue in and around the River Hull.

The force has received hundreds of tips and reviewed hours of CCTV footage, but so far Libby has not been found.

Searches have focused on Oak Road and playing fields and a pond in the area where Libby vanished, with further searches in and around the River Hull.

Detective Superintendent Martin Smalley, the Senior Investigating Officer leading the investigation, said: “We have always kept an open mind as to Libby’s disappearance, hopeful we would find her and be able to return her home safely to her devoted and loving family.

“Throughout the entire investigation we have consulted with national experts from other forces and agencies as well as river and water specialists and search professionals, to ascertain where Libby may be and understand exactly what happened that night.

“Although we have followed up hundreds of leads and lines of enquiry and carried out intensive searches as part of the investigation over the last four weeks, as time passes by with no positive indication as to where Libby is or what has happened to her, Libby’s disappearance remains unexplained and we must increasingly consider she has come to harm.

“We continue to support Libby’s family and ensure they always are updated with the progress of the investigation. We are determined to give them the answers they need.”

Missing student Joy Morgan, 21, was last seen on Boxing Day, but was not reported missing until February 7.

The midwifery student, who was studying at the University of Hertfordshire, had been at a church celebration in East London before she vanished.

The following day she made contact with coursemates via Whatsapp.

A man accused of murdering Joy appeared in court on Thursday.

Shohfah-El Israel, 40, of Fordwych Road, north-west London, did not enter a plea during a short appearance in the dock at Hatfield Remand Court on Thursday.

Israel, who has braided hair and a moustache, appeared in court wearing a green jacket.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on Friday.

In a recent appeal for information, Joy’s mum Carol said: “We’re broken. All of us are broken inside.

“She’s only a girl, she’s so loved by us and we miss her so much.

“We need your help and support out there to find Joy. Give the information out for her and let the police do their job to find my baby girl, please.”

And appealing directly to Joy, she added: “All we want you to do is come forward, go to the police and talk to a police officer.

All I want to know, baby, is that you’re alive and well and that’s it.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Karena Thomas described Miss Morgan as a “focused and determined” student and said he disappearance was “completely out of character”.

Ms Thomas added: “At this stage we have to consider she may have come to harm.”

The officer described the investigation as “complex” and said: “To gather a full picture of Joy’s life is a difficult jigsaw to piece together.”

Miss Morgan – described as slim, around 5ft 5in, with afro hair she regularly covers with a scarf, and glasses – was last seen on December 26 but no body has been found.

Teenager Leah Croucher, 19, has not been seen since she left for work more than two weeks ago.

Ms Croucher was last seen by family at their home on Quantock Crescent, Emerson Valley, in Milton Keynes at around 10pm on Thursday February 14 – and was reported missing the next day.

The “homely” teen has never gone missing before and police say her disappearance is completely out of character.

CCTV showed her walking down Buzzacott Lane in Furzton, in the direction of her work, at 08.15am on 15 February.

Despite a massive search involving police dogs, divers, a helicopter and specialist search groups, there has been no sign of the 19-year-old whose parents made a public appeal for help in finding her last week.

Leah was recorded on CCTV on her way to work as usual on February 15 but she never arrived, triggering fears for her safety, as her family made an emotional appeal for news about her at a police press conference.

It emerged earlier this week that Leah is a martial arts champion who could have floored any attacker twice her size.

She is a Song Moo Kwan prodigy who won a gold medal in the European championships in Milan – and an expert at defending herself.

Police have not ruled out abduction but people close to the teenager said she was quite capable of flooring somebody twice her size.

Her father, John, is a Master in the martial art and an instructor at a local Taekwondo club and appeared alongside wife Claire at an emotional press conference on the week’s anniversary of her disappearance – in which they pleaded for her safe return.

Leah’s brother Haydon has launched a JustGiving crowdfunding appeal to raise £1,000 towards the cost of printing hundreds of leaflets appealing for help.

He said: “The last thing my family want to do is beg but we need support in keeping this going. Every pound we get could be the leaflet that gets the information we desperately need.”

No clues have been found so far even though 50 police officers were assigned to the search and at least 4,000 doors have been knocked on so far.

The force helicopter as well as tracker dogs and the marine unit were all involved in the hunt for the young woman.

Thames Valley Police confirmed there had been two unconfirmed sightings of her at 8.45am on February 25 near the Teardrop lakes in Milton Keynes, and divers from the Specialist Group International recently completed searching the murky waters but with no success.

At the press conference Leah’s parents revealed that the whole family had been due to go on holiday in less than two weeks an event which their daughter was looking forward to greatly.

Mrs Croucher described her daughter as family orientated and as “a creature of habit who loves home comforts”, and with tears welling in her eyes, bravely appealed for her daughter’s safe return.

“Leah is a bright, confident and loving 19-year-old. She loves fantasy fiction, both reading and writing and publishing it herself. She loves watching DVD boxsets in her room. She doesn’t really like pubs or clubbing much and generally come home by 1am at the latest of she does go out.

“She is a family orientated person and is caring about her family and friends. She is kind and generous and always helps people anyway she can. She loves Taekwondo and attends classes with her dad.

“We are going on a family holiday in just under two weeks which Leah was really looking forward to – she had helped us pick out the hotel at the airport the night before. She is a creature of habit, who loves her home comforts.

“Leah, if you are able to see or hear this, please get in touch – see me as I read this, or better still come home. Please, please – we love you so much.

“We would like to thank family and friends for all the support in this impossible time in our lives – and thank the police, PCOs, dog teams, helicopters – everybody for their continued efforts to bring our little girl home.

“We wish you all the luck in the universe.”

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