Belleville police say they now consider the disappearance of a missing 27-year-old woman to be suspicious, and are advising women living alone in the area to take extra precautions.

Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd was last heard from when she sent a text message to a friend late Thursday night. She was last known to be at her home where she lived by herself on Highway 37.

The next day, she did not show up for work. When Lloyd's mother went to check on her, she was not at home. However, her identification and her glasses were left in the house.

Although police conducted an extensive ground and air search for the missing woman, there have been no confirmed sightings or contact of her since.

Police are now following up on numerous tips from the public. Investigators are also working with the provincial police to determine if there are any links between Lloyd's disappearance and other cases that are being investigated by the OPP.

Safety concerns

Meantime, police are advising the public to be alert of their surroundings and take precautions to ensure their safety.

Police say there is a particular safety concern for women living alone in the community. People who fall into that category are being urged to take extra safety measures, including securing their homes and surrounding themselves with friends and family.

Police are also asking the public to report any suspicious people, vehicle or activities.

Police seek tips

More than 34,000 family, friends and strangers have joined a Facebook group dedicated to finding Lloyd.

Police are urging those people to refrain from posting information about the case on Facebook, and instead bring that information to investigators immediately.

Police say it's difficult to validate information posted on such a large website. They also add that not all the postings on Facebook are accurate.

Lloyd is described as 125 pounds, five feet five inches tall. She has dark brown shoulder-length hair, green eyes and a large, intricate 'L' tattoo across her lower back.

Police say she may have been wearing a sweater, vest and brown suede boots at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information about Lloyd's whereabouts is asked to contact Belleville police at 613-966-0882, ext. 2313 or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.