THIS is the final photograph of Shannon Matthews shortly before she mysteriously vanished.
The stills are from CCTV footage showing nine-year-old Shannon entering and leaving the Dewsbury Sports Centre Swimming Pool.
Shannon, who lives on Moorside Road in Dewsbury Moor, failed to return home from school after the swimming trip on Tuesday afternoon.
The footage was released at a news conference at Dewsbury Police Station late yesterday afternoon.
Det Supt Andy Brennan said: “During this investigation we have recovered and continue to recover large amounts of CCTV footage.”
They are continuing to appeal for businesses and homes near Shannon’s home in Dewsbury Moor, and in the town centre, to get in touch if they have CCTV which may have captured Shannon on it.
Chief Supt Barry South said that police had not recovered any clothing or any items connected to Shannon.
He said: “We will, and do, continue to recover items that we may feel are part and parcel of the search inquiry and investigation, but I need to stress at this moment in time that we have not recovered any clothing or any items that we believe are connected to Shannon.
He also thanked the community in Dewsbury Moor for their help so far.
“I think it is fair to say that myself, Andy, and the rest of the team have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, the energy in particular the patience around Dewsbury Moor,’’ he said.
“They’ve made the job of the police far easier and definitely done their best to co-operate and assist in any way they can. We hope that will continue as the search continues to progress.
Mr Brennan confirmed that Shannon had written on her bedroom wall that she wanted to go and live with her father.
But he said this was just part of an array of scribbles that the youngster had daubed on the wall.
The nine-year-old had also expressed desires to leave home, Mr Brennan added.
“She had suggested to a number of friends that she didn’t want to go home and we are investigating that as well,” he said.
Police were continuing to investigate three sightings, but only one of these had been confirmed, Mr Brennan added.
This was at 3.10pm on Tuesday, after Shannon had left school following the swimming trip.
Detectives said they were “very surprised” that Shannon had not been found after four days, given the number of officers involved in the investigation.
“I am very surprised,” Mr Brennan said. “I expected we would have found her with regards to the resources we have.”
Police were continuing to question family members and friends over Shannon’s disappearance, he said.
“I’m greatly concerned,” Mr Brennan said. “We hope to get Shannon home safe and well and that is our aim.”
Anyone with CCTV footage that could assist police is asked to call police as a matter of urgency on 01274 373737.