Concerns for missing mum last seen in shop lift at 3am as kids extremely upset

Police are becoming "increasingly concerned" over the welfare of a mum-of-two who was last seen in a shopping centre elevator in the early hours of the morning last weekend.

Karen Stevenson, 42, from Lairds Hill, Seafar, Cumbernauld in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, left her home some time after midnight before being recorded on CCTV in a shopping centre elevator at around 2.44am.

Ten minutes later she was picked up outside Muirfield Community Centre.

No one has heard from or seen her since, police say.

Her children are "extremely upset" and want their mum to come home after she disappeared last Saturday, according to police.

Officers spoke to locals in Cumbernauld a week on from her disappearance, the Daily Record reported.

A total of 53 cars and 20 pedestrians were stopped in and around Fleming Road between 1am and 4am on Saturday in the hope of jogging people’s memories over Karen’s movements.

Sergeant Greig McKail said: “Karen’s family, including her two children, are extremely upset by her disappearance and just want to know she is safe and well and want her home as soon as possible.

“Extensive searches and enquiries have been carried out throughout the local area in an effort to trace her.

“These are continuing and we’ve been assisted by resources including specialist search advisors, and the dog unit.

“Officers have also been carrying out house to house enquiries and checking CCTV.

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“Karen always stays close to home and has never been missing before.”

Karen is described as being 5ft 1in, slim build, with long brown hair. She was wearing a purple parker-style jacket with a black fur-lined hood, a cream long-sleeve T-shirt, black leggings, and black ankle boots.

She also may be carrying a small pink handbag, with metal studs and a chain strap.

Sgt McKail added: “As time passes we’re growing extremely concerned for her safety and wellbeing.

“I know our concern is shared by locals, and I would continue to urge anyone who thinks they may have seen her to get in touch as soon as possible. Any information, no matter how small, could help find her."

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