Mother's frantic plea as 13-year-old girl goes missing

Mother’s frantic plea as 13-year-old girl goes missing and police launch urgent helicopter search in desperate bid to find her

  • Demi West, 13, went missing from her Ipswich home early on Saturday morning
  • Her mother has said her daughter ‘needs help’ after she left the family house 

A mother has made a desperate plea for help to find her 13 year-old daughter after she went missing from their home as police carry out an urgent helicopter search.

Demi West ran out of the back door of her house in the Chantry area of Ipswich in the early hours of Saturday morning, her mother said. 

Distraught mother Hayley West said her daughter, also known as Kaiden or Kai, had taken an ‘overdose’ of an unidentified drug before she left the house when an ambulance arrived.

Ms West said online that Demi had been struggling with her mental health and ‘needs help’, adding she has a ‘loving family’.

She added her daughter was ‘really unwell’ and did not go out to play with friends or go anywhere without an adult.  

Demi West, 13, also known as Kaiden or Kai, went missing from her family home in Ipswich

The missing teenager was last seen wearing a white top and green jogging bottoms, and is described as being 5ft 3in with dark and blonde hair

Suffolk Police have appealed for help from the public to find the missing teenager, urging residents in the area to check their gardens and sheds.

Officers also told dog walkers to remain vigilant when walking in nearby woodlands.

A helicopter has also been used in the search as police look for Demi in the area.

The 13 year-old is described as being 5ft 3in with short hair dark on one side and blonde on the other.

She was last seen wearing a white top with yellow circles and blue lines, green jogging bottoms and trainers. 

Police said Demi may also be carrying a pink blanket with her and could be barefoot.

Officers added that both they and Demi’s family were concerned for her welfare.

A helicopter has been used in the search and police have urged residents in the area to look for Demi in their gardens and sheds

A spokesperson for Suffolk Police said: ‘Police are now asking for local residents to check their gardens, their sheds and outbuildings and to look at any CCTV they may have. 

‘Dog walkers are also asked to be attentive when walking in woodland areas and to report any information that may assist police. 

‘Anyone who believes they have seen Kaiden, or who has any information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Landmark House in Ipswich on 999.’

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