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Family appeal to missing Bedford teacher

Leda Bolden
Image caption Leda Bolden, 39, was last seen in Howbury Street, Bedford

The husband and teenage daughter of a missing teacher have appealed to her to let them know she is safe.

Leda Bolden, 39, from Waterloo Road, Bedford, was last seen on the evening of Easter Sunday.

The Hitchin primary school teacher, who has never been missing before, left home to calm down after a routine family disagreement, police said.

Her husband Mark Daley said he and his 15-year-old daughter are "worried sick".

He said: "Please get back in touch, let somebody know and hopefully come back to the house.

"If you can't do that then phone the police and let them know you are safe."

'Very concerned'

Bedfordshire Police said it is known that she visited a shop on Castle Road to buy cigarettes at 21:20 BST, and then walked up Howbury Street which leads directly into Russell Park, but that was the last known sighting of her.

Ms Bolden is described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, slim with green eyes and shoulder length straight blonde hair.

She was wearing lime green Jack Wills jogging bottoms, a lilac polo top, and her husband's blue/grey French Connection jacket with white trainers when she left the house without her handbag, keys or phone.

PC Jayne Klein, from the Missing Persons Unit, said there was nothing to suggest that she had come to harm at the moment but this was "totally out of character".

"She has never been missing before, holds a very responsible job and she doesn't appear to have planned to leave her family at all," she said.

"For all these reasons, and the fact she hasn't made contact with anyone we are aware of, we are very concerned about her."

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