Fears grow as search en­ters its fifth week

Sunday Sun - - News - By Kathryn Rid­dell Re­porter kathryn.rid­dell@reach­plc.com

FRAN­TIC loved ones of miss­ing David Ben­nett yes­ter­day begged for help to find him.

Po­lice reis­sued an ap­peal in a bid to trace the 30-yearold who left his home in Shiney Row on Au­gust 18.

Of­fi­cers lead­ing the search have been told by a mem­ber of the pub­lic he was spot­ted on Wey­mouth Drive, Shiney Row, shortly af­ter 1am the fol­low­ing day.

Po­lice are in­creas­ingly con- cerned for him as the search heads into its fifth week.

David is 6ft, of slim build with short brown hair and was pos­si­bly wear­ing jeans, a blue Bar­bour jacket and train­ers.

Sgt Rob Bagshaw, said: “This is re­ally out of char­ac­ter for David, and as a re­sult, his fam­ily and po­lice are grow­ing in­creas­ingly wor­ried.

“David has been miss­ing for a num­ber of weeks now, and our ef­forts are on­go­ing to lo­cate him and re­turn him safely to his fam­ily.

“How­ever, I would ask any mem­ber of the pub­lic who has David Ben­nett not yet come for­ward and has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing David’s dis­ap­pear­ance, or who thinks they have seen him in the last few weeks, to get in touch.”

David van­ished af­ter slip­ping out his mum’s house as she was putting rub­bish in her bin.

Mum Carol said he lost his phone on a night out the day be­fore he dis­ap­peared.

She said: “It is just as though he’s van­ished. There’s no trace, no sight­ings, no leads,. I just feel ill. I’ll do any­thing to bring him back home.”

In a di­rect plea to David, she added: “No mat­ter what it is, please just come home, we love you. Any­thing can be sorted out.”

David lives with his dad Char­lie in Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, but would reg­u­larly visit his mum who lives nearby.

And Carol, 56, added: “He was just his nor­mal self. He had been out the night be­fore and had a great time. I was just putting some­thing in the bin and when I came back in he was gone.”

•Call po­lice on 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 589365. David’s mum Carol Ben­nett and his sis­ter Clare Lowes

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