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SEARCH FOR MICHAEL DAVIES ENTERS ITS SEVENTH DAY

wightsarsearchyabrirgdeUPDATED: The search for missing 71-year-old tourist Michael Davies has entered its seventh day with the search operation now including several mainland resources.

Mr Davies, who went missing last Tuesday evening, has not been seen in a week despite a large scale search involving HampshireSAR, WightSAR, dog teams and both Island and mainland Police officers.

missingmichaeldavis2The missing man, who was on a coaching holiday with his wife at the Hotel Maria, was last seen walking along Avenue Road, Sandown at 01:00 Wednesday morning but has since disappeared without trace.

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Michael Davies is described as white with cropped white hair and was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, a blue ‘Reebok’ jumper, jeans and a baseball cap.

Island Echo understands the pensioner had an argument with his wife earlier in the evening of his disappearance.

WightSAR, the Island’s volunteer lowland rescue organisation, have now been joined by HampshireSAR and the Hampshire Search and Rescue Dogs. Police officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Force Support Unit are also on the Island assisting with the search alongside a POLSA – a Police Search Advisor.

hampshireforcesupportunityarbridgeMr Davies family say there are no current leads, but Police and search organisations continue the search in Sandown and the surrounding areas, including marshland at Yarbridge.

Hampshire Constabulary have come under fire from local residents who say they feel out of the loop with the search with next to no updates, with many saying they didn’t even know there was a missing person. Island Echo readers have expressed disappointment that the public weren’t informed sooner of his disappearance.

missingmichaeldavisfamilyUPDATE @ 13:10 – The family of Michael ‘Mike’ Davies are this afternoon making an emotional, personal appeal for him to make contact.

Two of Mike’s granddaughters, Ellinor Trigg, 24, and Kelly Davies, 31, have in a statement said:

“We’d like to say to Granch that everyone is thinking about you, we all miss you and want you to come home.

“We feel like we’re in limbo right now, we can’t do anything until we know where you’ve gone. Please get in contact to let us know you’re alright.

“Our appeal to anyone who sees him is to introduce yourself gently to him. He may be confused and scared about why people are looking for him. Please reassure him that his family are looking for him, and to contact us through the police as soon as possible.

“Talk to Mike about his many interests and hobbies. He has a passion for old British motorbikes, pocket watches, cycling in Wales, old coin collections, and making ginger beer. He likes to watch the TV comedy programmes ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and ‘Rab C Nesbitt’.

“We’d like to thank everyone we met while on the Isle of Wight. They were fantastic and could not have done any more to help us when Mike was reported missing.”

The search continues, with Police focusing on marshland between Brading and Sandown. Local businesses have been asked to check CCTV footage and members of the public are being asked to check gardens, sheds and outbuildings in case Mike has taken refuge in there and fallen asleep, or may even have become unwell or unable to call out for help.

Anyone who has seen Michael Davies should contact the Duty Inspector on 101 quoting 44150178021. You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

First Photograph: @WightSAR/Twitter

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