THE family of a missing woman have organised a protest outside a major development site after their petition to search the area for her remains was rejected.

Georgina Gharsallah, of Worthing, right, has been missing since March 7 last year. On April 20, a witness reported seeing two men who were allegedly spotted speaking to the 31-year-old in Tarring Road, at the junction with Clifton Road, between 7pm and 8pm.

Her family have started a petition calling for building work at Teville Gate in the town to be halted as they believe her remains could be buried there.

The petition was sent to Worthing Borough Council but was rejected.

The council has previously explained it does not own the land and that any investigation of the disappearance of a person is a police matter.

The family wrote on their Facebook page: “We received a rejection to accept the petition regarding Teville Gate from Worthing Borough Council.

“We are going to petition Mosaic Global Investments Limited, owners of the site.

“We have decided to carry out a peaceful protest outside Teville Gate on Monday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. If you wish to join us in support, please feel free to make your own placards to bring along.

“We would like to thank you for all your continuous support.”