'It’s hard to move forward through the fear of leaving Georgina behind': Missing Sussex woman’s mum on third anniversary of disappearance

The mother of missing Sussex woman Georgina Gharsallah has said not knowing what happened to her daughter 'has held us back in life'.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 10:46 am
Updated Sunday, 7th March 2021, 10:48 am

Mum-of-two Georgina was last seen on March 7, 2018, at the Clifton Food and Wine off-licence in Clifton Road, Worthing.

Sussex Police announced in 2019 that it was treating the investigation as a homicide but Georgina's mum Andrea has never given up hope of finding the 33-year-old alive.

Speaking to Sussex Police, Andrea, Georgina’s mother, said: “Not knowing what has happened to Georgina has held us back in life.

"It’s hard to move forward through the fear of leaving Georgina behind. I can’t ever leave her behind.

“When I plan to do things with my other daughters you feel guilty because Georgina isn’t here.

“She was a personable, loving, affectionate, vivacious and sometimes lively person who was very family orientated.

“Not a day goes by that she is absent from our thoughts and we urge people to come forward with information. Anything is vital and it might give us the lead, just that little lead that we need. Never think that the information isn’t worthy enough, it is.”

Mum-of-two Georgina was last seen on March 7, 2018, at the Clifton Food and Wine off-licence in Clifton Road. Photo: Sussex Police

Georgina’s father, Gasem, said he would be 'very, very happy to see my daughter again', adding: "Sometimes I can’t sleep when I think about what has happened to my daughter."

More than 70 potential sightings of Georgina have been investigated by Sussex Police but none of them have proven to be her.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme said: “Today marks another year since Georgina went missing.

"As a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend to so many, I can only imagine the pain each and every person who knew Georgina has gone through during this time.

Sussex Police announced in 2019 that it was treating the investigation as a homicide. Photo: Sussex Police

“We continue to investigate all viable lines of enquiry and encourage anyone with information, no matter how small, to come forward and speak either to Sussex Police or to the independent charity Crimestoppers.

“Any information we receive will be treated in strict confidence.”

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of any person responsible for causing Georgina’s death.

You can report information to Sussex Police via 101 or online quoting Operation Pavo or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling freephone 0800 555 111 or completing a simple and secure online form.

Georgina has been described as a 'personable, loving, affectionate, vivacious and sometimes lively person' who was 'very family orientated'. Photo: Sussex Police
Georgina’s father, Gasem, said he would be 'very, very happy to see my daughter again', adding: "Sometimes I can’t sleep when I think about what has happened to my daughter." Photo: Sussex Police