On Sunday morning the woman’s family launched an appeal to find her on the social media site Facebook.
A spokesman for the Antwerp Judicial Authorities said that the police launched a search operation to try and find Julie Van Espen on Saturday night. Today police will use sniffer dogs to search the banks of the Albert Canal along which the missing woman should have rode on the way to meeting her friends.
A cycle patrol from the Antwerp Local Police service is also searching the area of the canal side near to the Sportpaleis events hall. The Judicial Authorities have confirmed that the disappearance is out of character and as such is giving them cause for concern.