Last moments of missing midwife: 28-year-old nurse is seen on CCTV leaving hospital five days ago – after putting wedding dress up for sale following relationship breakdown
- Samantha Eastwood, 28, was last seen on Friday morning leaving work in Stoke
- A man has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of the midwife’s kidnap
- Her family said Miss Eastwood was trying to sell her unused wedding dress
- Friends and relatives of Miss Eastwood said disappearing was out of character
Detectives have released CCTV of missing midwife Samantha Eastwood leaving work before she disappeared six days ago.
The last known sighting of the 28-year-old shows her leaving Royal Stoke University Hospital after finishing a night shift at 7.45am last Friday morning.
She is seen wearing blue scrubs and carrying a green handbag before further footage shows her driving her Volvo XC60 away from the hospital car park.
Miss Eastwood was reported missing 12 hours later when she did not turn up for work, which has been described as ‘completely out of character’.
The clip shows Samantha Eastwood and a colleague walking out of the Royal Stoke University Hospital just before 7.45am on Friday
A 32-year-old Stoke-on-Trent man was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and has since been released under investigation.
Today police revealed Miss Eastwood’s car, bank card and keys all still remain at her home on in Baddeley Green, Staffs.
Samantha Eastwood, 28, was last seen at 7.45am on Friday when she finished a night shift at Royal Stoke University Hospital
Officers also confirmed she lived alone and had been in a relationship, which had recently broken down.
Detective Superintendent Simon Duffy, head of the force’s Major and Organised Crime department, said: ‘This investigation is still being treated as a high-risk missing person enquiry but as time goes on we are becoming increasingly concerned for Samantha’s welfare.
‘This is totally out of character for Samantha. Although she has gone away before, she has always been in contact with her family.
‘She has not taken her car or her bank cards and there has been no contact from her or confirmed sightings.
‘Any information, however small and insignificant it may seem, could help with our investigation.
‘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 contact Staffordshire Police on 101.’
Detectives initially believed Samantha could have travelled to Whitby, North Yorks., after she had been on holiday there.
Det Supt Duffy added: ‘Samantha lived alone and had no children but she was previously in a relationship that broke down.
Ms Eastwood had been looking to sell her unused wedding dress for £400
‘North Yorkshire Police have been involved because Whitby was an area she recently went on holiday.
‘She was comfortable with the area, could go on her own accord but there is now currently nowhere outside of north Staffordshire being searched.’
It comes after it emerged she advertised an unused wedding dress for sale just weeks earlier.
A relative confirmed Samantha Eastwood had been due to tie the knot, only for her wedding to ‘fall through’.
In a Facebook marketplace post shared by her mother, Carole Eastwood, 59, on July 13, the midwife had advertised an ‘Alfred Angelo Wedding Dress’ for sale for £400.
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She said the garment had been bought in a sample sale but was ‘not worn apart from being tried on in the shop’.
She added that the size 14 item was ‘in very good condition apart from a few loose threads and broken zip head (zip still works)’.
She said the dress had a sweetheart neckline with lace which was ‘accented with a hint of metallic and embellished with crystal beading.’
Miss Eastwood’s uncle, Barry Eastwood, aged 61, from her home town of Macclesfield, Cheshire, said: ‘Samantha was going to get married but it fell through.
Samantha (pictured) went missing just two days after her sister’s birthday and friends and colleagues have taken to social media to spread the appeal
‘She went to Keele University and she went down to Staffordshire and met a lad there. He has been out looking for her. I am concerned about Samantha though I have not seen her for a long time.’
The mother of a 34-year-old man understood to have been a recent boyfriend of Miss Eastwood welled up with tears when contacted by the Daily Mail but said only: ‘I know why you are here – I don’t want to say anything.’
Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime Department is investigating the disappearance, with Miss Eastwood classed as a ‘high-risk missing person’.
Forensic officers appeared to be concentrating on a wooden garden building at the rear of the midwife’s home of two years yesterday. They left mid-afternoon carrying bags containing cables, including what appeared to be a car mobile phone charger.
Police are appealing to find a midwife, who works at Royal Stoke University Hospital (pictured) who has been missing for five days
A trampoline was visible in the back garden, although neighbours said they believed the nurse, who one said ‘maintained her privacy and didn’t involve herself in the local community too much’, did not have children living with her at the house.
Officers are also thought to be looking at CCTV footage of Stoke rail station and its surrounding area.
Ms Eastwood was last seen following her shift at the Royal Stoke Hospital (pictured) on Friday
Police had received a possible sighting of the midwife at the station on Saturday lunchtime, and in numerous Facebook appeals for information her family said Miss Eastwood had links to Whitby.
A police spokesman said a 32-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of kidnap. He has since been released on conditional bail while inquiries continue.
He added that officers were aware that Miss Eastwood’s wedding had recently been aborted, adding that ‘like every other piece of information we uncover, we are treating it with significance’.
Detective Inspector Dan Ison said in a statement: ‘We are continuing to treat this as a high-risk missing person inquiry. The arrest was part of our ongoing inquiries.’
Miss Eastwood is described as white, approximately 5ft 3in tall, of medium build and with shoulder-length ginger hair. She has brown eyes and a fair complexion with freckles.
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