Devon and Cornwall Police have deployed a drone in the search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge as rumours swirl around Torbay Hospital that a suicide note addressed to health secretary Jeremy Hunt was found.
The 25-year-old's car was discovered at Anstey's Cove in Torbay just after 6pm on Friday (12 February) sparking a major operation to find her involving about 100 people. A friend told The Sun newspaper that doctor Polge was "stressed" and left work halfway through her shift hours before she disappeared. The last anyone heard from her was at 1pm when she spoke to her boyfriend.
Police recovered her hoodie at the weekend and fears have escalated after police divers conducted an unsuccessful search in the water at Anstey's Cove. Police are also combing nearby woodland for the Southampton University graduate.
As searches continue, reports have claimed police found a suicide addresses to health secretary Jeremy Hunt. The MP imposed a new contract on junior doctors that extra pay after 5pm offers a basic pay rise of 13.5% but affects hours considered "unsociable".
Doctor Polge joined colleagues on the picket line when junior doctors took industrial action against the proposed changes and posted "Not fair, not safe" on social media in reference to the new deal. A police spokesman said the force would not be commenting on the reported note.
Her family have since joined the search while friends remain hopeful she will be found. Torbay Ladies Second XI hockey club captain Alex Bremner, with whom Polge played, added to the sense of concern. "We are all just hoping she is going to be found safe and sound. All I can say is that she is a really lovely person, a friendly girl who seemed upbeat about things."