POLICE are trawling parts of Halifax for a woman who went missing nearly nine years ago.
A fresh search is underway at the railway arches off Berry Lane, near the Nestle factory, for Lisa Ambler.
Officers are expected to be there today and tomorrow, and to then start searching the canal basin at Salterhebble.
Detective Inspector Steve Snow, from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiries Team (HMET) said an extensive review of the case had identified some information that the team believed needed to be explored further.
“Cases of this nature are always subject of an ongoing review process. Extensive inquiries have been made over the years and although eight years have passed since Lisa went missing, we continue to seek the vital pieces of information that could lead us to her.
“It cannot be discounted that after all this time Lisa may well have come to some harm or sadly be dead. However we cannot in anyway confirm this and, in order to bring some closure for her family, we will continue to explore all opportunities which may help us find her.”
Lisa was 34 when she was last seen in Halifax town centre on Thursday, August 14, 2003.
The mum-of-two was living with her then boyfriend in a tent on Southowram Bank at the time of her disappearance. She would now be 43.
Numerous inquiries have been made to trace her, but so far have been unsuccessful..
Detectives have called upon the support of other specialist search teams to assist with the search for Lisa.
Detective Inspector Snow said: “Lisa’s disappearance continues to be an open investigation. Enquiries like this are never forgotten about and are always subject to continual review.
“When new lines of enquiry arise we will always follow them up and, following an extensive review, we are exploring these two opportunities.”
Lisa has two children – now both in their 20s – and is one of eight sisters and five brothers. Her mother died two years ago not knowing what happened to her daughter.
Detective Inspector Snow added: “Lisa lived quite a chaotic lifestyle and was sleeping rough at the time of her disappearance.
“Her family have not heard from her since the day she went missing and there have been no confirmed sightings.
“With the passage of time someone who was unable to come forward and speak to us then might be in a position to do so now.
“I would urge them to get in touch.”
He said Lisa was well known in Halifax and he believes someone in the area could hold the key to finding her.
Anyone who has any information is urged to contact either Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, the police on 101 or the incident room on 01924 334771.