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Joanna Yeates: prayers for missing Bristol architect

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Media captionMs Yeates is thought to have visited a Tesco Express store before returning home, as Rowan Bridge explains

Churchgoers in Bristol have been praying for the safe return of missing architect Joanna Yeates.

Vigils have been held at Christ Church in Clifton for Joanna and she was remembered during midnight mass.

Police have released footage of Ms Yeates, 25, buying a pizza at a Tesco Express near her Clifton home on 17 December, the night she was last seen.

It is thought she went home, but no trace has been found of the pizza or its wrapping.

Police say its whereabouts could provide a vital clue in the search for Ms Yeates, who has not been seen since 17 December.

Image caption Ms Yeates was captured on CCTV at Waitrose shortly after leaving the Ram pub

The Reverend Paul Langham, from Christ Church, said the entire community had been touched by Ms Yeates's "very tragic disappearance".

He told Sky News on Christmas Eve: "We opened the church at 0730 this morning and held an hour's vigil, and then during the day the church has been open and a number of people, some have brought flowers, some have come in and lit candles, just spent some time quietly, praying, thinking and, like all of us, just hoping this story comes to a good ending."

He said the doors were open for anyone who wanted to light a candle or say prayers for Ms Yeates.

Avon and Somerset Police says they have been no fresh developments since the release of the CCTV footage.

Some 30 detectives are working full time on the investigation and are being assisted by another 40 staff, including uniformed officers, forensic experts and search teams.

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Media captionCh Supt Jon Stratford: "Our detectives are investigating every possible explanation for her disappearance"

CCTV of Ms Yeates at the Waitrose store in The Triangle on the night she disappeared has also been released.

Ms Yeates's parents, who live in Hampshire, have said they fear she has been abducted and could be dead.

However, Ch Supt Jon Stratford has said there was "nothing to suggest she has come to any harm".

Specialist teams continue to search areas around the Clifton Downs and Avon Gorge for the missing woman.

Ms Yeates is thought to have returned to the flat she shares with her 27-year-old boyfriend Greg Reardon, but it is not known what happened next.

Her keys, mobile phone, purse and coat had been left behind.

Mr Reardon reported her missing to police on Sunday when he returned from a weekend visiting family in Sheffield.

Her brother Chris has been handing out leaflets and putting up posters around Bristol in the hope of someone coming forward with new information.

He said: "We are just in complete despair about where she is and how everything happened. We just don't know."

Image caption Greg Reardon reported his girlfriend missing on Sunday

Her father David Yeates said on Thursday that he thought she had been abducted after getting home to her flat.

In a message to his daughter, Mr Yeates said: "Please come home Jo. Our hearts are breaking up with not having our little girl with us. Greg is going through hell.

"Please contact us, we don't know what to do without you.

"If she's dead, please tell somebody where she is. We want her back whatever."

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