Joanna's parents desperate for news

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Joanna Yeates, 25, who has not been seen or heard from since Friday following a night out with work colleagues in Bristol

The family of a missing architect are desperately hoping for news with a week having passed since her disappearance.

David and Theresa Yeates sobbed as they acknowledged that 25-year-old Joanna could be being held against her will and begged for her to be returned safe and well.

Miss Yeates has not been seen or heard from since last Friday following a night out with work colleagues in Bristol. Her boyfriend, Greg Reardon, 27, reported her missing on Sunday night after returning home to their flat in Canynge Road, Clifton, from a weekend away in Sheffield visiting family.

Detectives are investigating the possibility that Miss Yeates was abducted and said it was one of several lines of inquiry.

Mr Yeates, 63, said on Thursday: “I think she was abducted after getting home to her flat. I have no idea of the circumstances of the abduction because of what was left behind.

“I feel sure she would not have gone out by herself, leaving all these things behind, and she was taken away somewhere. It’s cold and I’m thinking that if she’s out there by herself somewhere, frozen, it breaks me up. I long to hold her.”

Miss Yeates was last seen leaving the Ram pub in Park Street at about 8pm, walking up the street. She popped into a Waitrose on the way – where the last CCTV image of her was taken – rang her best friend to arrange to meet on Christmas Eve and then went to a Tesco Express a quarter of a mile from her flat at about 8.40pm.

A receipt from Tesco was found in her flat, along with the cream-coloured coat she had been wearing, and her mobile phone and keys.

Detectives said that when Miss Yeates was in the Tesco Express she bought a Tesco Finest tomato, mozzarella and basil pesto pizza. However, there was no trace of the pizza, the wrapping or the box in her flat.

Friends of Miss Yeates have set up the website helpfindjo.wordpress.com/ and an online campaign is running on both Facebook and Twitter.

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