The family of a missing junior doctor will hold a series of remembrance events in North Devon to mark the anniversary of her disappearance.
Lauren Phillips from Bristol was last seen on February 23, 2017. Her car was found in Woolacombe five days later.
Devon and Cornwall Police, the RNLI, HM Coastguard and the National Police Air Service carried out an extensive joint search of North Devon over a two-week period before standing down.
A year after her disappearance, Lauren’s family is holding a series of events in North Devon on March 3 and 4 to remember ‘a talented musician, caring doctor, dear friend and very much loved daughter and sister’.
They said: “Despite great efforts by local services she was not found, and we are now coming to terms with the fact that Lauren will not be found and is no longer with us. She is and will be deeply missed.”
“We know that Lauren touched many lives and that she had many good friends from school, university, her music, and her work.
“Due to the circumstances of Lauren’s disappearance it has been difficult to communicate with everyone who will have been thinking of her and perhaps hoping for her safe return.
“We are holding a series of loosely organised events in the Woolacombe area during the weekend of March 3 which we very much hope will provide opportunity for those who knew and cared for Lauren to remember her in whatever way they wish.”
The weekend begins with a secular tribute at Mortehoe Village Hall on the Saturday morning before a gathering on Woolacombe beach in the afternoon.
A social gathering will be held at the Bay Brasserie on the evening of March 3, and a coastal walk will take place on the morning of Sunday, March 4.
Lauren worked as a doctor for North Bristol NHS Trust, and was also a talented violinist, playing with the Bristol Symphony Orchestra.