Samantha Eastwood missing – Cops searching rural village in 'painstaking' hunt for missing midwife

Specialist teams are combing rural Caverswall in Stoke-on-Trent as they frantically hunt for 28-year-old Samantha Eastwood.

The midwife has not been seen since she finished work as a midwife at Royal Stoke University Hospital on Friday, July 27.

A nationwide search was launched after worried family members alerted police when she failed to return for her next shift.

Staffordshire Police confirmed today they were carrying out searches in Caverswall, which is situated close to the moorlands.

The sleepy village has a population of 971 people and is around nine miles away from where Samantha was last seen finishing her shift at the hospital.

Detective Superintendent Simon Duffy from the force's Major and Organised Crime Department said: "Today's extensive searches are part of the ongoing investigation, which has officers and staff working round the clock in an effort to find anything which brings us closer to finding Samantha.

"I am calling on any member of the public with any information, however small and insignificant it may seem.

"Have you seen any unusual or suspicious activity, including parked vehicles in laybys in rural locations around the Stoke-on-Trent/North Staffordshire area? Please call us on 101, submit information online instantly at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/1009 or, for guaranteed anonymity, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Samantha vanished last Friday just days after trying to sell her £400 wedding dress online following the breakdown of her relationship with John.

The mystery surrounding her disappearance deepened this week after cops spent four days outside Mr Peake's sister's house.

Katie Stirling lives there with her husband Michael and police would only confirm that the property was being treated as a "crime scene".

A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of her kidnap has been released on bail.

Samantha's desperate sister yesterday made a heartfelt plea to help find her and described her sibling as a "warm, friendly, loyal and generous" person.

Breaking down, she added: "Samantha is a happy, bubbly and smiley woman. She can be very straight and direct.

"She is my best friend and partner in crime. Without her half of me has gone. Samantha, if you are listening please get in touch.

"We all love you and miss you very much. We just need you home, where you belong.

“Samantha is a fantastic woman and friend. She is warm, friendly, loyal, kind and generous, with a great sense of humour.


“And whoever she is with, she will always make their time together fun. Samantha was determined to become a midwife from a young age and succeeded.

“All of Samantha’s work friends describe her as an amazing midwife."

Cops yesterday confirmed that the only item still missing is her purse and they are desperately trying to track it down.

Samantha was last seen leaving Royal Stoke University Hospital last Friday morning and worried colleagues "knew something was wrong" when she failed to return for her night shift.

Cops launched a nationwide hunt for the “incredibly dedicated” medical professional and neighbours reported hearing screams from her home in Baddeley Green, Staffs.

Her concerned colleague, chief nurse Liz Rix, described her as an “honest midwife” and said worried staff members are "praying" for her safe return.



Her former fiance has since made a desperate plea for her safe return.

John, a railway enthusiast from Staffordshire, has shared a number of links to stories about her disappearance.

He begged in one post: "Please please help find Sam and bring her back safe to her family."

She was said to be in “good spirits” last Friday but her car was later found parked by her home with the keys still inside.

CCTV footage released by cops show the midwife and a colleague walking out of the hospital's maternity unit just after 7.45am on July 27.

In the images, Samantha is seen wearing blue scrubs and carrying a green handbag.

Further CCTV shows her driving her blue Volvo XC60 from the hospital car park heading towards the Hilton Road exit – this was the last time she was seen.



 

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