Missing teen Ella Hysom has been found safe and well

Ella Hysom

Ella Hysom - Credit: Archant

A 15-year-old girl who went missing while being treated for depression has been found safe and well.

Ella Hysom, from Colchester, vanished at around 1.15pm on Monday in Ilford, east London.

She had been receiving treatment at a residential hospital in Goodmayes for six weeks before she vanished.

Yesterday her parents made an emotional appeal for her return.

Police have today confirmed she has been found.


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A keen rower and ballroom dancer, Ella, deputy head girl at Gilberd Secondary School in Colchester, was described as a “gregarious” and well-liked teenager.

But she had been suffering from depression since the start of the year and had been receiving treatment at the residential hospital for the past six weeks.

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Her mother Alison Hysom, 43, had directly appealed to her, saying: “Ella, darling, please get in touch. We love you so much. You are so loved by so many friends and family and we just want you back.”

Public appeals were made for help finding her through police and using social networking sites.

Ella’s father Tim said yesterday: “We have been out searching, helping the police to search, using social media to try to spread the news of Ella’s disappearance.

“It has been emotional, but the level of support we have had has been fantastic.”

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