THERE was joy and relief on Monday when a vulnerable Droitwich woman was found after she had been missing for more than two days.
Amanda Hull was last seen at 9am on Saturday when she went to Haye Lane in Ombersley to collect her horse.
She goes to Hadley Stables six days-a-week but had not shown up on that morning.
An appeal was put out by the police and local volunteers, including the West Mercia Search and Rescue Team, joined officers for a mass search.
The online appeal was also shared extensively, including in the national media.
The discovery of the 38-year-old’s bag and phone led to friends and family fearing the worst.
Despite a Facebook group attracting more than 10,000 members and all the extensive searching, there was still no news on Amanda’s whereabouts on Monday morning.
Then the moment came – at 12.30pm when West Mercia Police confirmed she had been found safe and well.
Officers thanked everyone who had shared the appeal and helped search.
A statement on the Facebook page read: “Thank you again for everyone’s help.
“The public response has been truly exceptional.”
Amanda’s mum Carol Hull said: “Thank you to everyone in Droitwich Spa who have taken the time to search, message me, send wishes and to some special people – Matt Berrey, Matt Nicol, Nick West, Steve Mezzone, Chris Allen for organising the searches, the Red Lion for letting us use their facilities and Nic Teresa for bringing food and supporting Kate Nicol.
“I also want to thank my daughter Kate Nicol for supporting me and her dad who stayed with us constantly and West Mercia Police for all their hard work in making this happen.”