A large search is underway for a woman missing in the Lake Macquarie region as serious concerns are held for her welfare.
Ashly Bates, aged 37, was last seen on Wednesday (13 February 2019) at a home in Whitebridge.
Police were alerted when she failed to contact her family. Her mobile phone was then located by a member of the public near Dudley Bluff.
Police from Lake Macquarie Police District are conducting a large search of the area for Ashly, with assistance from PolAir and the Dog Unit.
Ashly is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 168cm tall, with dark shoulder-length hair, fair complexion and tattoos on the inside of her wrists.
She was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and pyjama pants.
Anyone who sees her or believes they know her whereabouts is urged to contact police immediately.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.