POLICE are increasingly concerned for the welfare a vulnerable young woman.

Sophie Orell has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "We are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a vulnerable Eastbourne woman, who went missing at 1pm yesterday and who has still not been traced.

"Sophie Orell, 25, is autistic and suffers from mental illness.

"She failed to return to a care home where she lives and despite an extensive overnight search, she remains outstanding."

Sophie has shoulder-length blonde hair and wears glasses.

Her clothing is believed to include a fluffy white jumper, bearing an Olaf the Snowman logo, black leggings and grey trainers.

The Sussex Police spokesman said: "Sophie has no money or mobile phone with her but she does have a bus pass worn on a lanyard.

"She is not thought to have a change of clothing with her.

"It is vital that anyone seeing her or having knowledge of where she might be contacts us without delay.

"We would encourage them to do so by phoning police on 999, quoting serial 652 of 07/10."

The force provided an update at about 11.40am and said: "Missing Sophie is believed to have traveled to Brighton using her bus pass.

"Have you seen her?"

At 3.10pm a Brighton and Hove Police spokesman said: "Great news. Missing Sophie Orell from Eastbourne was found safe and well in Brighton.

"A huge thank you to everyone who retweeted our appeal."