A COMMUNITY has been urged to never give up hope in the search for a missing Southampton graduate.

Dr Rose Polge, 25, disappeared halfway through her hospital shift on February 12 and is said to have left a note referring to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

She supported strike action taken by junior doctors and supporters carrying on the search for her have asked residents to keep looking for her, it was reported.

Police have scaled back the search for Dr Polge and a message written on a social media page said: “For the sake of Rose herself, for her family and friends, and for all those who love her and care about her, we must never forget, nor must we give up hope of finding this wonderful, caring and talented young woman.”

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, Dr Polge is a former medical student who graduated from Southampton University in July last year.

Her friends said she had recently complained of feeling stressed after working long shifts at Torbay Hospital, from where she disappeared.

Her car was found parked at Anstey’s Cove, near Torquay, Devon, last Friday at 6pm.

More than 100 people have been involved in the massive search, including her boyfriend and members of her family. Police have used divers and a drone in a bid to locate the missing medic.

But hopes of finding her alive have been fading since a hoodie – thought to be hers – was found washed ashore near the spot where her car was discovered.