DETECTIVES searching for a missing Swinton woman believe she might have been in a pub on Boxing Day evening asking customers for a lift.
Alena Grlakova (38), who has been missing for six weeks, is believed to have been in the Fitzwilliam Arms pub and hotel on Taylors Lane, Parkgate, at around 8pm.
She was last seen leaving the Travellers Inn pub on Rawmarsh Hill at around 6.20pm but officers are investigating whether she made her way to the Fitzwilliam Arms later that evening.
Supt Iain Chorlton, who is leading the search, said it was one of a number of lines of enquiry officers were following up.
“The information we have suggests she may have also asked for a lift from the pub and while we work to confirm this, I’d ask anyone who was in the pub that evening and who saw Alena to get in touch with us," said Supt Chorlton.
“It’s so important that people keep contacting us with information, we need your help to find Alena.
"Even the smallest piece of information could help us to find her.
“Today and tomorrow we are also publicising our appeals for Alena in both English and Slovakian, via a digital ad-van with the hope that it jogs someone’s memory who may have seen Alena that evening."
Officers have been touring the Swinton and Parkgate areas of Rotherham today with a digital billboard - which is carrying messages in both English and Slovakian - appealing for information about Ms Grlakova's whereabouts.
Supt Chorlton said officers and Ms Grlakova's family were increasingly concerned for her welfare.
He said: "A lot of people have been judgemental about the way Alena lived her life.
"I'm asking people to put that to one side and just bear in mind that it's a vulnerable woman that's missing."
Supt Chorlton said a team of around 20 officers were working to find Ms Grlakova.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room directly on 01709 443540, call 101 quoting incident number 450 of January 15 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.