Concern is mounting among the family and friends of a missing 19-year-old girl who was last seen on Tuesday evening in Devon – with it being understood that the case has now been escalated to ‘high-risk’ by police.
Celeste Smith, 19, was reported missing to police after she left her friends on Tuesday evening, telling them that she was returning home to have a bath.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “She is described as white, around 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build, with brown shoulder-length hair.
“Anyone who sees Celeste or knows of her whereabouts is urged to contact police via 999, quoting log number 0616 of 01/02/17.”
Celeste a lifeguard at China Fleet Country Club, told her mum Julie Smith, that she would be staying at a friends house for the night.
Celeste was not expected home and Julie was therefore not initially worried for her daughter’s safety.
Julie later received messages from her daughter’s friends who planned to meet with her at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon in Plymouth.
Celeste never arrived and so her friends contacted her mother later in the afternoon to tell her that they had not been able to contact her by phone.
Friends have now shared details on Facebook about the location Celeste was last seen.
Amy Jayne wrote: “Missing since Tuesday, January 31. Last seen leaving a flat on Gasking Street, North Hill, at 6pm.
“If anybody hears or sees anything from her please contact Chole Hill or the police on 111 any information would be helpful and really appreciated. Please share as much as possible and get this photo out there.”
Celeste Smith hasn’t been on social media since she went missing on Tuesday.
Another friend, Katie Mcfall, wrote: “Can everyone please please keep sharing this photo!
“She’s a close friend that has been missing since Tuesday evening last seen in Plymouth and no one has spoken to her or seen her since.
“Her phone is switched off and she hasn’t been on Facebook for this time which is worrying as she’s usually always on her phone. If anybody has any information can they please contact me or let a family member know! We just want to know she’s safe.”
She was wearing a leather jacket, a white shirt with black jeans and black shoes at the time she went missing.
Saltash police appealed to the teenager to come home: “Celeste, you are in no trouble. We are concerned for you and want to ensure you are ok. Please get in touch.”
Any information that may help the police can be reported to 101, quoting log number 616 01/02/17.