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Brooke Morris: Rugby player missing after night out in Merthyr

Brooke Morris Image copyright Nelson RFC
Image caption Brooke Morris plays rugby for Nelson RFC

At least 100 people are helping to search for a 22-year-old woman who went missing following a night out.

Brooke Morris, 22, from Trelewis, Merthyr Tydfil, disappeared after being given a lift home from the town centre in the early hours of Saturday.

South Wales Police believe the Nelson RFC player did not go inside her house.

Officers and local residents are continuing to search for Ms Morris following efforts by mountain rescue teams from the area at the weekend.

Ms Morris was last seen at about 02:30 BST on Saturday wearing a long-sleeved red top and jeans.

Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Brooke Morris may not have gone inside her house after being dropped off on Saturday
Image caption Local people are helping to search for the missing woman
Image caption Searches are being coordinated from Treharris rugby club

The search is being co-ordinated from Treharris Phoenix RFC, where food and drink were handed out to volunteers at lunchtime.

The volunteer teams were focusing their search around a weir on the way out of Treharris, while police teams were in the water, focusing on a stretch of the river a bit further down.

People on scrambler bikes have been helping to look for Ms Morris and have been seen riding up and down the river.

Nelson RFC wrote on its Facebook page: "The response and love shown for Brooke has been amazing. Hats off to her teammates and the endless amount of volunteers that have searched tirelessly the last few days. Brooke, you're one loved girl."

Councillor Sherelle Jago said: "Everyone is helping out and doing all they can and all they want in return is to see Brooke home safe and sound where she belongs.

"The community support has been phenomenal.

"It's so heart-warming to see and feel everyone coming together in these horrendous circumstances."

Insp Ben Rowe from South Wales Police said: "We've had an overwhelming response from the local and wider community - many offering to help with our search for Brooke.

"We are growing increasingly concerned for her and we are keeping Brooke's family, who are understandably extremely worried, fully updated about the search."

Image copyright Central Beacons MRT
Image caption Mountain rescue teams searched for Ms Morris at the weekend
Image copyright Central Beacons MRT
Image caption The teams searched hills and waterways in the Trelewis area

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team had members searching for Ms Morris in the surrounding area over the weekend, with support from Brecon and Western Beacons mountain rescue teams.

Huw Jones from the team said they had been stood down for the time being while police continued searching, but would respond again if needed.

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