Missing holiday camp worker Rosie Johnson ‘was in distressed state after row’

A missing holiday camp worker whose disappearance has sparked a large search operation was in a "distressed state" before she vanished, police say.

Rosie Johnson has not been seen since Sunday, and investigators are still yet to piece together her movements that evening.

Rosie, 22, works at the PGL Little Canada adventure centre on the Isle of Wight.

According to a neighbour, she may have been involved in an argument shortly before her disappearance.

John Thorpe, 71, who lives nearby, told the Daily Mail that he had spoken to police who were searching for Rosie, originally from Glasgow.

He said: "They didn't reveal too much but they said that she was in a distressed state just before she disappeared.

"The officers wouldn't elaborate but neighbours have since told me that she may have had an argument with someone at the activity centre."

Police have been scouring a creek close to the spot where she was last seen alive.

Coastguards were concentrating their efforts on the water near where zoology graduate Rosie was last sighted at the weekend.

The police inspector leading the investigation today said he believes the 22-year-old was 'not the victim of crime' – but admitted he was 'seriously concerned' for her safety.

Inspector Andy MacDonald refused to be drawn on whether he believed Rosie was still alive following her disappearance on Sunday evening.

Staff at the site said police were called on Monday morning when Rosie – niece of Scottish Labour MSP Daniel Johnson – did not check into work.

Inspector MacDonald revealed search and rescue specialists hoping to find Miss Johnson scoured the entire grounds of activities site Little Canada – including every children's cabin.

A friend of Miss Johnson's, Brendan Storer, issued a desperate plea to find her by telling his friends on social media 'please, please, please share' a police appeal and her MSP uncle, Mr Johnson, also encouraged people with information to help.

Inspector MacDonald, of Hampshire Constabulary, said he will not reveal what Miss Johnson's state of mind was on Sunday evening and refused to say if he believes she is alive or not.

He said Miss Johnson's family are being supported by Hampshire Constabulary but would not say who the last person to see her was.

He said: "At this moment in time the information we have available to us says Rosie has not been the victim of crime.

"I'm not in a position at this moment to tell you what her state of mind was on Sunday evening.

"We currently do not know her whereabouts and are seriously concerned for her welfare."

He added: "Rosie was last seen around the creek area, near to her place of work, Little Canada.

"The search operation has taken place predominantly in Wootton Creek.

"We have searched an extensive area with quite difficult terrain as there is forest and water – there's a real variety of challenges with the search operation."

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