‘I’m not sure I’ll see my mum again, but I can’t give up…’

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THE daughter of a missing woman originally from Hawick has spoken of her fears that she may never see her again.

Sarah Smith has revealed that the last conversation she had with her mum was to tell her that she was pregnant, but says that after more than seven months she no longer knows what to think.

The devastated 24-year-old, also from Hawick but now living in Gretna, said this week: “In my heart I’m not sure I will see her again, but I can never give up hope.”

No-one has heard from Betty Brown since she was seen on CCTV getting off a bus in Edinburgh’s Nicolson Street on May 28.

She then crossed the street and withdrew £200 from the Royal Bank of Scotland, carrying two large Aldi carrier bags.

It has since been revealed that a couple of days after the 55-year old had was reported missing by the care home in Gilmerton where she worked, police broke into her rented flat in Gorgie, Edinburgh, and found a note that she had left in a diary.

It read: “To all my family, I am really sorry I have to do this. I am so lonely and depressed. Love mum and sister.”

Sarah, who left Hawick four years ago with husband Nigel, explained: “I was so upset. Everything went through my head.

“It made me think that perhaps she has done something to herself but really I don’t know. It feels it has been too long now for her to turn up.”

She said her mum had been a loving grandmother to Chantelle, five, and Lewis, three, when they all lived in Hawick.

But after the family moved, Betty decided to get a house near her sister Maureen in Edinburgh

Sarah added: “I think she got more depressed when she moved to because she couldn’t come and see us as much as she wanted.

“I also think she was short of money and felt a bit lonely.”

And having given birth to a baby boy called Reece last month, Sarah admitted: “I just wish with all my heart that she could see my baby.”

Although there have been no confirmed sightings of Betty and a fresh family appeal on what would have been her 56th birthday last month was unsuccessful, her daughter added: “If she is alive, I just wish that she would let us know, even if she wants to be on her own.

“It is the not knowing that is the worst.

“Wherever she is, I hope she knows that we love her very much. Just to know she is safe would be enough.”