Update issued Tuesday 14 November
Police in Doncaster have today (Tuesday 14 November) issued a fresh appeal for information about missing 54-year-old John Parker.
John was last seen at around 11pm on Saturday 28 October at his home address in Warmsworth Road, Balby, and reported missing in the early hours of Sunday 29 October.
Over the last 17 days, South Yorkshire Police has carried out extensive land and water searches for John, but there have been no further sightings or information about his whereabouts called in.
Superintendent Neil Thomas from Doncaster said: “We are grateful to the community in Balby, the wider Doncaster area and the people of South Yorkshire who have shared our public appeals far and wide.
“However, we are now over two weeks into our search for John and we have no new information about where he might be.
“Our officers and staff have been scouring CCTV in the Warmsworth Road area of Balby, resulting in the last known sighting of John on that road at around 11.35pm after leaving his home address.
“We have also carried out extensive house-to-house enquiries in the surrounding area, speaking to residents to establish whether there is any more CCTV available or any snippet of information that could help us find John.
“We’ve spoken with, and shown John’s picture to, many people in the town centre as well as in Doncaster’s interchange and railway stations. That’s in addition to checking the CCTV at these locations in case John got a bus or train out of Doncaster.
“Unfortunately, none of this activity has provided new lines of enquiry and so we’ve had specialist searches of the River Don, its embankment and the nearby woodland area to see if this provides any further clues as to John’s whereabouts.
“Our concerns for John remain incredibly high, especially as the last week or so has seen temperatures plummet overnight.
“I’m thankful for the support of other agencies like the National Police Air Service and Search and Rescue teams, as well as to our own mounted and off-road bikes teams for their hard work and continued efforts to find John.
“We remain in contact with John’s family and provide updates and support where we can during this difficult time. As I’m sure we can all empathise, not knowing where your loved one is must be very distressing.
“This is why it’s so important that anyone that has any information, no matter how small or insignificant you feel it may be, makes contact with police and passes this on.”
If you have information that could help officers, please call 101 quoting incident number 57 of 29 October 2017.
Update issued Tuesday 31 October
Officers are today continuing their search for John Parker, reported missing from Doncaster, as concerns grow for his welfare.
John, 54, was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday morning (29 October) and both police leading the search for him and his friends and family are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.
Detective Chief Inspector Jade Brice, said: “John was last seen at around 11pm on Saturday 28 October at the door of his home address, on Warmsworth Road, Balby and was possibly in the process of leaving at that time.
“He is described as about 5ft 4ins tall, with long grey hair at the sides, an unkempt grey beard and no front teeth. We also think he might be wearing a blue padded winter coat and grey pyjama bottoms.
“Since John was reported missing we haven’t had any confirmed sightings of him and we are very worried for his welfare and safety, especially considering the cold weather and darker nights.
‘’We are currently using dedicated and specialist officers to track John’s movements, with a view to locating him safe and well as soon as possible.
“I’d like to urge anyone who has seen or spoken to John since Saturday to please get in touch with us. John, if you’re reading this, please contact either the police or your family, to let us know you’re ok.
“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 57 of 29 October 2017.”
Monday 30 October
Officers looking for missing man John Parker have released a CCTV image, taken on the day he went missing.
John, 54, was reported missing in the early hours of yesterday morning. He was last seen at around 8pm on Saturday 28 October, leaving his home address on Warmsworth Road, Balby.
He is described as a slim build, about 5ft 4ins tall, with long grey hair at the sides, an unkempt grey beard and no front teeth.
Police believe he may be wearing a blue padded winter coat and grey pyjama bottoms.
The CCTV image of John was taken on Saturday evening at around 5pm in Doncaster.
Have you seen John? If you’ve seen him, or know where he might be, please call 101 quoting incident number 57 of 29 October 2017.