UPDATE: Missing Louth woman believed to be safe and well

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The father of Louth woman Heather Stretton, who was reported missing following the Nepal earthquake, has said that he now believes she is safe and well.

Heather’s father Clifford Jukes, from Tetney, reported her as missing following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal over the weekend.

The last time Mr Jukes heard from his daughter was via email on April 20, when she was in Burma (Myanmar).

Mr Jukes told the Leader that he “panicked unnecessarily” after hearing about the earthquake and believed that his daughter may have been caught up in the carnage.

However, he now believes that Heather would not have been in the Nepal area at the time of the disaster, and added: “To the best of my knowledge, she is safe and well.”

Mr Jukes added that her lack of communication since the incident will be simply be down to limited phone coverage and poor access to her email account. He is currently still awaiting contact.

• More updates as we have them.