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Devon coastline search for missing person called off

Peta Harper Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption Peta Harper, 58, was reported missing from the Hope Cove and Bolt Trail area near Thurlestone on Monday at 13:20 GMT

A major land, sea and air search for a missing woman last seen at beauty spots on the South Devon coast has been called off.

Peta Harper, 58, was last seen in the Hope Cove and Bolt Trail area near Thurlestone on Monday at 13:20 GMT.

Emergency services including police, coastguard and RNLI had been involved in the search since Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information about Ms Harper's whereabouts is urged to call 999.

On Monday, two lifeboats searched coastal waters for two-and-a-half hours, before being forced to stand down by fading light.

Ms Harper, who took over the village shop in Aveton Gifford last year, is described as about 5ft 4ins tall, of average build and has dyed blonde, collar length curly hair.

Image copyright RNLI Salcombe
Image caption RNLI Salcombe and a Hope Cove Lifeboat searched waters between Bolt Tail and Thurlestone for two-and-a-half hours before being forced to return to their stations

A police spokesperson said the last confirmed sighting of her was at Hope Cove at about 18:30 GMT on Sunday.

"We believe she parked her red Mini in the car park at Hope Cove and slept there overnight," he said.

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