Family’s appeal for missing Hitchin teacher’s return

Leda Bolden

Leda Bolden - Credit: Archant

THE family of a woman who has been missing for nearly two weeks have stepped up the appeal for her safe return.

Leda with her daughter Kasia

Leda with her daughter Kasia - Credit: Archant

Hitchin teacher Leda Bolden went missing from her Bedford home on Easter Sunday.

The 39-year-old’s husband, Mark Daley, and 15-year-old daughter Kesia have made a plea for someone to come forward with where she is.

They have made posters and released new pictures of her in the hope that someone will remember seeing her on the Sunday evening, or since, and make contact with the police or family.

Leda, who is an assistant headteacher at Our Lady Catholic Primary School, originally left her Waterloo Road home on the Sunday evening to cool down after a routine family disagreement, leaving the house without her handbag, keys or phone.

It is known she visited the Amrut local shop on Castle Road to buy cigarettes at 9.20pm, and then walked up Howbury Street which leads directly into Russell Park. This was the last known sighting of her.

Specialist search officers have already made sweeps of the route Leda took from home to the park, the park itself and the areas around The Embankment and the boating lake.

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However, there has been no trace of her and other enquiries have also drawn a blank at this stage.

Leda is described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, slim with green eyes and shoulder length straight blonde hair.

She was wearing lime green Jack Wills jogging bottoms, a lilac polo top, and her husband’s blue/grey French Connection jacket with white trainers when she left the house.

Pc Jayne Klein, from the Missing Persons Unit, said: “There’s nothing to suggest that Leda has come to harm at the moment but this is totally out of character for her – she has never been missing before, holds a very responsible job and she doesn’t appear to have planned to leave her family at all.

“For all these reasons, and the fact she hasn’t made contact with anyone we are aware of, we are very concerned about her.”

If you can help, call the Missing Persons Unit through the 24 hour non-emergency police number 101.