A NURSE has made a desperate plea to help find a missing midwife and said colleagues knew something was wrong when she didn’t turn up for her shift.
Samantha Eastwood, 28, “dropped off the grid” last week and has not been seen for the past seven days.
Facebook Her uncle confirmed that she was due to get married
Cops launched a hunt for the “incredibly dedicated” medical professional after neighbours reported hearing screams from her home in Baddeley Green, Staffs.
And her concerned colleague, chief nurse Lix Rix, described her as “very trustworthy” and “honest midwife”.
She also said women who received medical assistance from Sam have phoned the hospital where she worked to give their support.
In her appeal, she said: “Sam is the epitome of a midwife, she’s very trustworthy and she really cares about the service.
NHS Liz Rix has made a desperate appeal for missing Samantha
Samantha, 28, ‘dropped off the grid’ last week and her former partner John Peake has begged for information
“Sam is incredibly dedicated and a very open and honest person.
“This is why it is so much out of character for Sam not to have turned up for work on Friday last week.
“Her colleagues immediately knew something was not right by the fact that she hadn’t told anyone she was running late or wouldn’t be coming to work.
“Everyone here is praying for her safe return and our thoughts are with Sam’s family.
“If Sam reads this, I just want to say that we really miss you and we just want to know that you are safe.
“It has been a very difficult week for everyone who works in our Maternity Centre.
SWNS:South West News Service Samantha was last seen leaving work – she is on the left with a green handbag
SWNS:South West News Service Samantha Eastwood drives home in her Volvo after a night shift at Royal Stoke University Hospital
“The team are supporting each other and they’ve been offered support should they want it.
“The staff to their great credit haven’t let it affect the care of those ladies who have given birth this week and I’d pay tribute to their professionalism under very difficult circumstances.
“We’ve also had many women who Sam has supported calling the hospital giving their support which we have really appreciated. This again demonstrates how special Sam is.
“We are appealing for anyone who has seen or heard from Sam to get in touch with Staffordshire Police by calling 101.”
Samantha vanished just days after putting her unused wedding dress up for sale after plans for her wedding “fell through”.
Facebook She was trying to sell her unused wedding dress before she went missing
Samantha Eastwood was last seen by colleagues on Friday morning
Her fiance John Peake, 34, has since made a heartfelt plea for her safe return. The couple were due to tie the knot last month, but their relationship fell apart earlier in the year.
John, a railway enthusiast from Staffordshire, has shared a number of links to stories about her disappearance.
He begged in one post: “Please please help find Sam and bring her back safe to her family.”
Samantha was last seen by colleagues on Friday morning after clocking off from the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
She was said to be in “good spirits” following her night shift last Friday, but her car was later found parked by her home with the keys still inside.
Facebook Samantha wrote that the dress was bought in a sample sale
Facebook Friends and family members are becoming increasingly concerned
Det Supt Simon Duffy, from Staffordshire Police, said: “This is completely out of character for her to drop off the grid. As time goes on we are increasingly concerned about her welfare, as are her family.”
CCTV footage released by cops show the midwife and a colleague walking out of the hospital’s maternity unit just after 7.45am on July 27.
In the images, Samantha is seen wearing blue scrubs and carrying a green handbag.
Further CCTV shows her driving her blue Volvo XC60 from the hospital car park heading towards the Hilton Road exit – this was the last time she was seen.
Alamy The popular midwife worked at the maternity centre at the Royal Stoke University Hospital
Det Supt Duffy said: “This investigation is still being treated as a high-risk missing person enquiry but as time goes on we are becoming increasingly concerned for Samantha’s welfare.
“This is totally out of character for Samantha. Although she has gone away before, she has always been in contact with her family.
“She has not taken her car or her bank cards and there has been no contact from her or confirmed sightings.
“Any information, however small and insignificant it may seem, could help with our investigation.”