Police are ‘growing increasingly concerned’ for an 18-year-old woman who has not been seen for the last five days.
Tara Whelan was last spotted in Halifax Town Centre in West Yorkshire on the morning of December 15.
Police now believe that she was in the Parkinson Lane/Queen’s Road area of Halifax at around 1pm on Tuesday.
A 39-year-old man from the Halifax area has now been arrested in connection with the young woman’s disappearance and remains in custody.
Police are searching for Tara Whelan, 18, who was last seen wearing a white top, black leggings and a dark green parka coat with fur around the hood
Ms Whelan is described as white female, 5ft7 tall, medium build, pale complexion, blonde hair and wearing glasses.
She was last seen wearing a white top, black leggings, dark green parka coat with fur around the hood, black ankle boots and a large purple over the shoulder handbag.
Detective Superintendent Mark Swift of West Yorkshire Police said: ‘It is out of character for Tara to be out of contact with her family for this long and we are growing increasing concerned that she has not be in contact with them.
‘I would appeal directly to anyone who knows where Tara is or who has seen her over the last few days to come forward’.
Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police and call 999, or via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat quoting log 1707 of 15 December.
Information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The young woman was last seen in Halifax Town Centre on Market Street on December 15. Pictured: GV of Market Street