Columnist for Daily Telegraph missing for 3 days as police launch appeal

An arts columnist for the Daily Telegraph has been missing for three days and police have now launched an appeal for her whereabouts.

Florence Waters, 33, has not been seen since Monday when she was reported missing from her home in the Oxford district of Botley.

She is a regular freelance contributor to the arts pages of the national newspaper and is a prominent artist in her own right.

Her works are for sale on a a Saachi and Saachi online art forum and sold in America.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police today appealed for help from the public in finding her.

Florence, who sometimes wears spectacles, is known to be a regular visitor to the upmarket Oxford district of Jericho and lives in the Botley area of the city which is close to the River Thames.

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The police spokesman said that Florence had never gone missing before and appealed for her to contact the police if she saw this appeal.

He said: "Florence Waters was last seen at an address on East Street in Oxford at around 9am on Monday.

"Florence is white, has brown shoulder-length hair, is around 5ft 8ins tall and wears glasses. When last seen she was dressed in a long green coat – similar to the one pictured here.

"She is known to frequent the Jericho area of Oxford, as well as near Hythe Bridge in the city centre and Wytham Woods between Oxford and Kidlington."

Investigating officer, Inspector Mark Brock, of Oxford police station, said: "We are growing concerned for Florence’s welfare as she has not been seen since Monday.

"If you see someone you believe to be Florence then please get in touch with police straight away. Florence, if you see this appeal then please get in touch with us as we are concerned for your safety."

The police spokesman said that any potential sightings must be reported to police immediately by calling 101.

"Reports can also be made online at or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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