Alice Byrne: Edinburgh police deploy drones in search for missing woman – Edinburgh Live

Officers are using drone mounted cameras to scour the area around Portobello Beach in the bid to trace the 28-year-old, who has been missing from the area since New Year’s Day
Specialist police are set to deploy the use of the force’s fleet of drones as part of a stepped up bid to trace missing Edinburgh woman Alice Byrne.
The 28-year-old, also known as Alathea, left a party in the Portobello area of the Capital in the early hours of New Year’s Day, but has not been seen since.
Officers have launched a widespread appeal for the woman, while hundreds of posters have been placed around the city by an army of loving volunteers.
Community searches organised by friends and members of a Facebook group established to help collate information on her disappearance were cancelled at the request of local officers, who have encouraged the public to concentrate their efforts on scouring video footage and photographs taken on the day.
Air support units have now been drafted in to expand the search area around Portobello Beach, with police set to use drones with mounted cameras to scour the location.
Alice is described as described as white, around 5ft 6ins in height and of medium build with short black hair. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a, black top, black jeans ripped at the knees and white trainers.
She was last seen between 8am and 10am on New Year's Day as she left a party on Marlborough Street.
Close friends and family members have also pointed out a distinctive bat tattoo design on her left wrist in a effort to help the public recognise her.
Speaking on Thursday, Chief Inspector Kieran Dougal, of Craigmillar Police Station, said: “The local community has been keen to support our ongoing enquiry to trace Alice.
"Today we are continuing to carry out enquiries, review CCTV footage from the local area and use our specialist resources to search for her. Thank you to the public for their continued support with our appeals.
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"We have been approached with offers of support on searches. It is important that that the public are not putting themselves in any danger and these can compromise planned, co-ordinated searches.
"We would ask the public to continue to help us by continuing to share our appeals, raising awareness and contacting us with any information they may have."
He added: “The CCTV image below shows the clothing Alice was wearing when she was last seen. She was wearing a black top, black jeans ripped at the knees and white trainers.
“Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference 0647 of January 2.”

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