Missing Belgian woman’s children to fly in as police continue searches

Police hunt for Monique Boeckstens. Missing Belgium national living at Bowhill.
Police hunt for Monique Boeckstens. Missing Belgium national living at Bowhill.

POLICE officers leading the hunt for missing shopworker Monique Boeckstens have confirmed that her car has been parked outside her home near Selkirk since the day she disappeared, writes Bob Burgess.

The Belgian national has not been seen since she left the gift shop where she works in Melrose a week past Saturday.

And she has not been heard of since later that day when she spoke on the phone with friends.

TheSouthern can reveal that two of her children will arrive in the Borders from Belgium on Monday. They will talk with police and are then expected to make a public appeal for information about their missing mother.

A police spokesman told us this week that the 53-year-old’s car had been found at her home near Collins Bridge on the Duke of Buccleuch’s Bowhill Estate on the day she was reported missing.

And while public appeals have been launched for information, police are concentrating their searches on the estate. Last week the Borders Underwater Search Unit scoured a loch and checked the Yarrow and Ettrick rivers.

Although the last known contact with Ms Boeckstens was on Saturday, September 3, police say it was not until about midday on the following Tuesday that they were alerted and search operations began. Shop colleagues had become concerned when she had not turned up for work.

A police spokesman said: “Monique has not been in contact with anyone since that Saturday night and we are growing more concerned for her wellbeing. Anyone who can assist, is asked to come forward.

“And we urge Monique to contact friends or the police to let us know she is safe and well.”

Ms Boeckstens is 5ft 7in tall and has collar-length brown hair and sometimes wears glasses. She is described as medium-built and was last seen wearing a pale-coloured, long-sleeved, V-neck top, light blue jeans and brown shoes.