Public appeal in search for missing Blandford teenager Shannon


Officers searching for missing Blandford teenager Shannon Smith are pleased to confirm she has been located.

The 19-year-old was reported missing after it was believed she left her home in the early hours of Friday 20 September 2019.

Following enquiries by officers, she has been located in the London area.

We would like to thank all those who shared our appeal and officers from the Metropolitan Police who assisted in our efforts to find Shannon.


Officers searching for a teenager who went missing from her home address in Blandford are appealing for help from the public to find her.

Shannon Smith, aged 19, is believed to have left home between around 3am and 6.30am on Friday 20 September 2019.

She is described as white, five feet six inches tall, of slim build and with fair hair. She may have been wearing a purple fleece, brown coat with a fur hood and black trousers and carrying a multi-coloured bag.

Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, of Dorset Police, said: “We are concerned for Shannon’s welfare as she is a vulnerable teenager.

“From our enquiries we believe she may have attempted to travel by train to London with the intention of travelling on to the Grimsby area. Shannon did not take her mobile phone with her.

“I am appealing to anyone with knowledge of Shannon’s whereabouts, or who sees a teenager matching the description given, to please contact us.

“I would also make a direct plea to Shannon if you see this appeal to please make contact with us or your family as we all want to make sure you are safe and well.”

Anyone with information or knowledge as to Shannon’s whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 20:72.