‘I just keep asking what if?’ - 30 year mystery over Great Yarmouth mother’s disappearance
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It's a question which has haunted a woman for almost 30 years - what happened to her mother when she went missing in 1987 and could she still be alive?
Victoria Webb/McCarthy, from Yarmouth, was just a baby when her mother Sandra Brown/Fleming went missing from the-then St Nicholas Hospital, where she was being treated for depression.
Her bag and coat were found at the mouth of the harbour, leading to the belief the 32-year-old took her own life, but her body was never found.
Now, as the 30th anniversary of her mother's disappearance approaches, Victoria is renewing her appeal for any information, so she can finally get closure on the past.
Victoria, 30, said: 'Everyone told me she was dead, but because no body has ever been found, I just keep asking what if?'
Sandra had experienced mental health problems since around 1980, both during and after pregnancies with her four children.
She had been admitted to hospital a few times and on January 1, 1987, she had tried to take her own life by jumping into the River Yare.
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Mother-of-three Victoria said: 'But she got put back into hospital, she'd been through a lot.'
Then, on January 24, 1987, Sandra was reported missing, and although police put out an appeal, she was never found.
'I don't know anyone who knew her, I don't know anything,' said Victoria.
'But I see so many people looking for their loved ones, I have to do it, I have to try, I'm doing this for my mum.'
Growing up Victoria and her siblings lived with family, but she said she had often spoken to her mother out loud as if she was there.
She said it would mean the world to her if anyone had any information, or could even tell her about her mother if they used to know her.
'It would mean I could get to know her in a way, just for that closure,' she said.
Victoria and her friends have been sharing her mother's photo online, with information that could jog people's memories.
'If she had gone into the river you would have thought she would have washed up somewhere,' Victoria said.
'I've just got so many questions, you never know she might have just thought she had to get away and we'd be better off.
'I know everyone thinks she went into the water, but did she? I would love to give my family closure. I think about it every time I go past the river.'
She added: 'I've got nothing to lose. I want to talk about her, because she's my mum, and if we've not got hope or faith then what have we got? I don't want to die not knowing.'
'She's worth it for me to try to do it for her, and any information will help.'
Tony Deacon, Norfolk Police's unresolved case review manager, said: 'Despite the passage of time the police will still act on any genuine information they receive to bring a conclusion to Sandra's case. Missing person cases are never closed until we know what became of that person.'
If you have any information about Sandra, contact Victoria by calling 07879648217, or police on 101.