The parents of a missing woman have been charged with her murder weeks after they appealed for help to finding their teenage daughter.
Bernadette Walker was reported missing seven weeks ago by her 37-year-old mum, Sarah, and dad Scott, 57, from their home in Cambridgeshire, in the east of England.
Police declared this week detectives would be pursuing the case as a “no body” investigation as they continued their search for the 17-year-old, who her parents said they last saw on July 18, The Sun reported.
Her parents reportedly told police she ran from their car that day and they next heard from her at 1am on July 20 when she sent them a text saying she would be home “soon”.
The duo, who share nine children including a six-month-old baby, reportedly said that was all they heard from Bernadette before reporting her missing on July 21.
Ms Walker asked the public for help in distributing flyers and claimed she “couldn’t eat or sleep properly”, expressing she hoped her daughter was “hiding” at a friend’s home.
“I know my baby girl wouldn't be out in the open. She's scared of being out in the dark alone, that's what makes me think she's at a friend's house,” she said, according to The Sun.
Bernadette’s dad also appealed for help, writing on Facebook: “You can imagine how much we are both worried. We miss you. We need to know that you're safe. We love you.”
Police said while “significant progress” had been made in the investigation, detectives had yet to find the missing teenager.
“Therefore our plea is for anyone who has information on what has happened to her, or where she might be, to get in touch as a matter of urgency,” Policing Peterborough wrote to Facebook.
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