National Police stepped up the search on Thursday for a British mother-of-two who went missing from her Marbella home more than a week ago.
Rebecca Muldoon, originally from Southend, Essex, vanished from her home on 2 January. The 35-year-old, who had been living with her partner and two children on the Costa del Sol for the past year, failed to appear in court to confirm her reports of domestic abuse she had suffered at the hands of her partner. Following her allegations her partner was arrested and he was still in police custody when Rebecca went missing.
On Thursday around 50 people from the local police, fire and Protección Civil services were involved in the search, coordinated from a temporary command station in the Camino del Pilar area.
The authorities were first alerted when a neighbour contacted police claiming that Rebecca's children, aged eight and eleven, had been left alone in the family home. Rebecca's relatives in the UK immediately flew to Malaga to take care of them.
A friend of Rebecca's has appealed for information on her whereabouts in a social media campaign, saying: “Rebecca has been missing for a week. She has no money, passport or clothes and her phone is switched off.”
The woman's sister had also reported her disappearance to British police who are now collaborating with their Spanish counterparts in the investigation.
National Police have appealed for any member of the public with information to contact them on 091.