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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 September 2007, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK
Concern grows over missing woman
Kelly Hyde
Kelly Hyde in the jacket she is thought to have been wearing when she was last seen on Thursday
The worried family of a 24-year-old woman who has gone missing while walking her dog have appealed for help, amid mounting concern for her safety.

Police and mountain rescue teams are searching for Kelly Hyde, who has not been seen since Thursday morning.

She was last spotted leaving her car at a garage in Tycroes, Carmarthenshire, near her Ammanford home.

Her dog, a whippet, was found on Friday in a nearby garden, and her parents fear she may have fallen while walking.

Dyfed-Powys Police say they are increasingly concerned for Ms Hyde, who works part-time at a Wetherspoon's pub in Llanelli.

Ms Hyde was last seen at 0900 BST on Thursday with her black and tan whippet leaving Brynteg Garage on Pontarddulais Road, Tycroes, heading towards Ammanford, through the old coal washeries area.

Her parents, Barbara and Andy, of Cefneithin, have asked anyone with information, no matter how apparently insignificant, to contact police.

Mrs Hyde told BBC News her daughter appeared to have been taking her dog for a walk after dropping her red Rover car at the garage.

Kelly Hyde
Possibly the dog had run off after a rabbit or something, and she ran after it and she's taken a fall
Barbara Hyde on her daughter Kelly, above

Nobody is believed to have seen her since, and her dog was found in a garden, but without its lead.

Mrs Hyde said this suggested her daughter had let the dog off the lead while they were walking in the open country.

'Out of character'

"Possibly the dog had run off after a rabbit or something, and she ran after it and she's taken a fall," said Mrs Hyde.

Chief Insp Ian John, who is leading the operation, said: "We are searching in the areas from the garage where she was last seen back to her home in Ammanford."

He urged anyone who might have seen her on the busy main road early on Thursday, or at any time after that, to get in touch.

"This is so unusual and out of character for her, which is why we are so concerned," he said.

She is white, 5ft 2in, slim with light brown/blonde hair worn in a bob style and was wearing a black puffa jacket with a fur collar hood.

Ms Hyde grew up in Cwmgwili and moved to Pantyffynon, Ammanford, to share a home with two friends six months ago.

Anyone with information or who may have seen her since Thursday morning is asked to contact police on 0845 330 2000.

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