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WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MICHAEL DAVIES?

missingmichaeldavis2As the search for a missing 71-year-old tourist enters its fifth day, many Islanders are starting to ask the question – what has happened to Michael Davies? 

As previously reported, Mr Davies from Blaina, Wales was on the Isle of Wight for a coaching holiday with his wife when he went missing from the Hotel Maria in Sandown on Tuesday evening.

Island Echo understands the pensioner was last seen on CCTV at the Welcome convenience store on Avenue Road at around 01:00 Wednesday morning, but there have been no sightings of him since.

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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.

hampshireforcesupportunityarbridgeMany readers have expressed to Island Echo a feeling of disappointment that more information has not been released by Police, who have provided no updates since an appeal was launched at 15:45 on Wednesday and a further appeal at 23:00 on Thursday night.

A significant delay in sending a helicopter to the area and deploying WightSAR has also come under fire.

Police officers from the mainland-based Force Support Unit have been drafted in alongside a Thames Valley Police dog unit, with the search this afternoon (Sunday) focused on the Marshcombe Shute area of Yarbridge between Brading and Sandown. A Police Search Advisor (POLSA) is present at the search.

imageMr Davies family say there are no current leads, but Police continue the search in Sandown and the surrounding areas alongside WightSAR, the Isle of Wight’s voluntary lowland rescue organisation.

According to sources, Police have been exploring the possibility that 71-year-old Michael may have or may try to sell his Rolex watch to generate funds. Several reports suggest the pensioner may suffer from dementia. Police are concerned that Michael may not have access to the blood pressure medication that he needs.

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.

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