Police widen search in North Yorks Moors to include Castleton in hunt for Annie Dryden
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Police widen search in North Yorks Moors to include Castleton in hunt for Annie Dryden

Annie Dryden, a woman from Middlesbrough, was last seen after alighting from a train at Battersby in the Moors at about 2.38pm on January 4. She had boarded the train at James Cook train station in Middlesbrough at 2.09pm on the same day. Officers are extending their search to the village of Castleton, following up on information provided by the public. Detective Chief Inspector Fionna McEwan from North Yorkshire Police stated that Annie is very familiar with the outdoors and wild camping, and the police are very concerned for her safety. The search will involve house-to-house checks in the village, as well as examination of CCTV and public transport. Residents are urged to check their sheds and outbuildings for signs of someone seeking shelter. Annie is described as around 5ft 10in tall, with dark hair and a distinctive blonde fringe, carrying a green and black backpack when she was last seen. Police are urging anyone with information to call 101, and with immediate sightings or knowledge of Annie’s whereabouts to call 999, referencing incident number 12240005550. The search for Annie has been handed over to North Yorkshire Police from Cleveland Police.