Detectives have issued an urgent appeal to help trace a Birmingham woman who has been missing for three weeks.
Carol Walton has not been seen since a week before Christmas and has not withdrawn any money from her bank account or used her mobile phone since.
Police said her disappearance was “out of character” and issued an urgent appeal to trace her.
The 61-year-old had spoken to her partner while he was at work on December 18, but when he arrived home in Millfield Road, Handsworth Wood, she was missing.
Investigators believe she had gone out in her black Ford Ka, registration BW57 0KA, taking just her handbag. There has been no sighting of the car since.
Police said she was suffering from minor depression for which she was taking medication.
Det Con Dave Franklin, from Thornhill Road CID, said: “We have serious concerns for her welfare. This is completely out of character for Carol.
“Her brother and partner are both genuinely worried and distressed about her.
“It may be that she is staying somewhere with friends we don’t know about. All we need is a phone call from her to say she is well.”
Carol is white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build with glasses and shoulder-length straight brown hair. She may have been wearing a dark blue or black duffle coat.
Anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked to contact Thornhill Road station on 0845 113 5000 or the Missing People helpline on 0500 700 700.