THE family of a missing grandmother whose partner has been charged with her murder made an emotional appeal for help to find her and bring her “home” today.
The disappearance of Pamela Jackson, 55, who vanished six weeks ago from her home in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, has left her close-knit family devastated yet unable to properly grieve, they said.
Ms Jackson, who had three sons Andrew, Christopher and Joe, and four grandchildren aged 18 to 10 months, was the eldest of four daughters who grew up in Blakelaw, Newcastle.
At her home in Consett, County Durham, Deborah Leighton, 51, fought back tears as she said: “She is an important part of our family as she was the oldest sister.
“As the youngest sister, I always looked up to her.
“She looked after us as my mam was always working.
“I just miss her.
“She needs to come home so we can do the right thing and bury her.
“We need to give her a proper send off instead of just wondering where she is.”
Her sister Marion Elsinor, 52, who is a care home cook in Dipton, added: “It’s an ongoing nightmare.
“It is out of character for her to go off and not to tell anyone where she would be.”
Mrs Leighton said at first the family assumed she would turn up safe and well after a couple of days, but when she was still missing on Mother’s Day they feared the worst.
Ms Jackson, who did not work due to ill-health, also missed the 18th birthday last week of her oldest granddaughter Stacey Armstrong, who said: “We cannot grieve because we haven’t got her.
“None of us can get our heads around it until she’s back.”
Her family said Ms Jackson was outgoing with a lively personality, and acted much younger than her 55 years.
“She was like a teenager and she wouldn’t go out of the house without her high heels,” Miss Armstrong said.
Ms Jackson, who developed an interest in ghost-hunting, spiritualism and healing stones, liked to buy and sell antiques and ornaments.
An extensive search of the River Wear in Chester-le-Street and local woodland has drawn a blank.
The search is now focusing on a large area of moorland near the M62 in West Yorkshire, a task which has been made even harder by the recent heavy snow.
Mrs Leighton said: “On Thursday we met the search team down there. Because of the weather we hadn’t been able to go there before, with the four foot snow drifts.
“We took a big bunch of flowers and we put them on the fell tops, where they think she might be.”
Mrs Leighton, who works with apprentices at New College, Durham, said: “I would like to appeal to the public on behalf of the family for anyone, if they saw Pamela between March 2 when she disappeared and March 8, to come forward.
“If they can think of anything amiss that they think the police should know, please contact them or Crimestoppers.”
Ms Jackson’s partner Adrian Muir, 50, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, has appeared in court charged with her murder between March 2 and March 8.