Fears for Spanish former Olympic skier, 56, after she vanished from home

Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, 56, pictured, went missing on August 23 from her home in the Aravaca neighbourhood of Madrid

() Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, 56, pictured, went missing on August 23 from her home in the Aravaca neighbourhood of Madrid 

The car of a former Olympic skier has been found in an area popular with hikers, days after she went missing from her home in Madrid.

Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, 56, was last seen on August 23 in a Mercedes in the neighbourhood of Aravaca where she was living on and off with her sister Lola.

Her car was found parked in Cercedilla north-west of Madrid today. 

Friend Coral Bistuer admitted on Spanish TV before news emerged the vehicle had been located: 'We are very worried.

Revealing the last conversation she had with Blanca on March 4, she said: 'She told me she was going through a very tough time but she was going to get through it.'

Madrid-born Ms Ochoa, who won the bronze medal in slalom at the 1992 Olympics at Albertville, France, is understood to have planned holidays in a country house in the north of Spain around the time she vanished.

Her family reported her missing the same day she was last seen.

Spanish National Police said in a public appeal for information last night: 'Blanca Fernandez Ochoa has disappeared in Aravaca, Madrid.

Civil Guard vehicles were seen at the car park in Spain today after Ms Ochoa's car was found

Civil Guard vehicles were seen at the car park in Spain today after Ms Ochoa's car was found

A Civil Guard agent stands next to the black car of Ms Ochoa in Cercedilla, Madrid, today

A Civil Guard agent stands next to the black car of Ms Ochoa in Cercedilla, Madrid, today

Ms Ochoa won the bronze medal in slalom, pictured, at the 1992 Olympics at Albertville, France. Her Mercedes car was found parked in Cercedilla north-west of Madrid this weekend

Ms Ochoa won the bronze medal in slalom, pictured, at the 1992 Olympics at Albertville, France. Her Mercedes car was found parked in Cercedilla north-west of Madrid this weekend

'She was last seen on August 23 in a black class A Mercedes, number plate 0213CKD. The car had a T-shirt with the

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