Former Great British Bake Off champion John Whaite has told fans his missing sister has been found alive, but ‘very, very distressed’
John, 31, thanked his fans on Twitter for sharing an online appeal to find his sister, who disappeared in Portugal on Saturday.
The 2012 Bake Off winner who runs a cookery school in Wrightington, Lancashire, tweeted that Victoria Cunningham, who suffers from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), had been found ‘just in time’ – reports Mirror Online
He said: “I am delighted to say that Victoria has been found. She is alive, she is sober but she is very very distressed (it seems she was found JUST in time).
“A stranger recognised her and took her into her house. Each and every one of you, who has tweeted, shared and commented, has saved a life today. And I cannot thank you enough – you are all angels.
“We are now going to focus on getting her home and back in good health in the privacy and protection of our family. My gratitude to each one of you is undying. You’ve helped save a sister, a daughter and a mother – thank you.”
He said his sister was too intoxicated, as a result of depression and PMDD, to get on the plane home from Faro Airport in the Algarve on Saturday.
Her partner allegedly boarded the plane with his kids and left Victoria on a bench.
It is believed Victoria slept there for “a couple of days” as police monitored her.
Victoria was understood to have been booked on a flight on Monday but didn’t catch it and left the airport.
John – who used to present ITV show Chopping Block – said she had no passport or money on her.
In an emotional video shared on Twitter, John, accused the Portuguese Police of doing nothing to help in the frantic search.
But he said the British authorities were putting pressure on them to investigate.
The cook tweeted: “My sister has gone missing from Faro Airport.
“We are all worried for her welfare.
“Portuguese police aren’t interested in helping us search for her.”
He posted four photos of his sibling on twitter.
He said in the clip: “My sister has severe mental health issues.
“She has depression, and she has been diagnosed by a consultant specialist in the field of female hormonal health as having PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder which is a disorder whereby she’ll go pretty much insane during the week before and during her period.
“The result of these illnesses is that sometimes she goes on binges of drink and drugs, during which she’ll sometimes show signs of self-harm and threaten to attempt suicide. She’s vulnerable and at risk to herself.
“We love her dearly and just want her home.”
In another tweet he said: “Her name is Victoria Cunningham. She has no passport with her.
“If you see her please tell her that her family just want her home safe and sound.”
Following messages of support, he then added: “Thank you all.
“Still no info on my sister but the British Consulate and Police are now putting pressure on Portuguese police to search.
“We’re so grateful for your help. I just pray we can get her home safe.”