A missing horse rider who disappeared after going out to ride her pony has been found safe and well by police following a frantic 48-hour search.
Amanda Hull, 38, sparked a huge search operation when she failed to return home in Droitwich, Worcestershire, on Saturday morning.
Family members feared the worst when they found her pony Sunny back in his field and Amanda’s bag discarded nearby.
West Mercia Police confirmed today that Amanda Hull, 38, who went missing after she left for a horseride, has been found safe and well
Members of the community went out in search parties as police scoured local woodland and drones were also deployed in a bid to find her.
Today West Mercia Police confirmed she had since been found safe and well.
A force spokesperson said: ‘We are happy to confirm that Amanda Hull has been found safe and well and her family has been informed.
‘We would like to say a huge thank you to the community of Droitwich and everyone who shared our appeal.
‘There was a huge amount of support from people during this search and we are extremely grateful.”
Amanda’s sister’s partner Matt Nicol shared the good news on Facebook and thanked the community for their help.
Ms Hull, was described as ‘extremely vulnerable with special needs’ and until today was last seen riding a pony
He wrote: ‘Amanda has been FOUND – thank you so much to everyone that helped.
‘Tough day with very little to go off. Any footage available to piece together Amanda’s movements would be amazing. If you are free to continue searching please do so safely.
‘We’re blown away by our friends, the whole community and every effort.
‘Thank you to every one of you that has gone out of your way. Come on Mand, time to come home x”
Over the weekend Amanda’s worried mum has posted a series of messages on social media begging her daughter to come home.
She had wrote: ‘I feel so helpless sat wishing and praying This is everyone’s worse Nightmare I just want her home safe.
‘This is killing me, it doesn’t matter how small, if you know anything Please please ring the Police. I am going out if my mind with worry.’
There was no answer at their family home today but one neighbour, who did not want to be named, added: ‘Amanda has been found, her mum is just so relieved.
Amanda works at Hadley Stables where she was due to arrive on Saturday but never showed
‘She was a nervous wreck yesterday, as you’d imagine, we were all thinking the worst. So she’s over the moon to have her daughter back safe.’
Before today, Amanda was last seen on Haye Lane in Ombersley, Worcestershire, at 9am on Saturday with her horse in a field and was due to head to some local stables.
Her family raised the alarm when she never arrived.
Amanda’s worried mother Carol Hull, from Droitwitch, posted a series of heartbreaking appeals as the community organised search parties to help find the missing horse rider.
Directly appealing to her daughter, she wrote on Facebook: ‘Amanda it’s Mom, please come home.
‘You won’t be in trouble I love you so much, if your reading this please come home.’
Posting a picture of Amanda’s horse Sunny, she later added: ‘Amanda Sunny needs you, please come home.’
She further wrote: ‘Please help us find her. She is an extremely vulnerable girl with special needs this is not like Amanda.’
Until today Amanda was last seen on Haye Lane in Ombersley (pictured), Worcester, at 9am on Saturday May 22, and was reportedly wearing a bright yellow jacket and brown riding boots
Updating well-wishers yesterday she wrote: ‘We have just received a call from the Police, there is no further news although they have worked through the night and search is continuing in the wood.
‘They are waiting or holding an inspector meeting and will contact us shortly for people to help search, Matt Berrey will be helping the Police organise this so a post will follow shortly,
‘Thank you for all your help and support. We just want her home safe and sound.
‘So Amanda Jane Hull if your reading this please come home your not in trouble we just want to give you a hug x’
Her last post reads: ‘I feel so helpless sat wishing and praying. This is everyone’s worse Nightmare. I just want her home safe.’
Amanda works at Hadley Riding Stables and visits almost every day of the week to ride her horse.
Owner Teresa Bradshaw told Birmingham Live: ‘Everyone is really worried because this is completely out of character for Mandy.
Amanda went to collect her horse and headed to Hadley stables (pictured) in Worcestershire but concerns are growing after she failed to show up on Saturday morning
Amanda was last seen with her horse in Haye Lane and was due to arrive at Hadley Stables
‘She’s vulnerable and has never gone missing before. She went to the field in Haye Lane and was due to bring the horse here.
‘I rang her phone when she didn’t turn up but got no answer so I presumed because the weather was so bad she’d changed her mind.
‘But then her dad rang me later asking if Mandy was ready to be picked up and I told him she hadn’t come.
Her sister Kate Nicol added: ‘If anyone knows anything please get in touch!
‘She was wearing her horse riding clothes – black joulpers, tshirt, yellow high vis coat and brown boots (suede and leather)
‘The police have her phone, bag and hoody. She has no money or phone so if you spot her please help her and bring her back to us.
‘We just want her home, the police and search & rescue have been looking through the night and we are waiting for an update.
‘Please, please, please help us get my sister home she isn’t in any trouble, we all just want her back with us!!’
Police said they are increasingly concerned for Amanda’s welfare. Pictured: A search helicopter joins the search