Family frantically searches woods for missing Fareham man Kieran Smith

Two pictures of ''Kieran Smith
Two pictures of ''Kieran Smith
Paul Kingswell, 48, from Gosport Picture: Malcolm Wells (170815-7804)

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WOODLAND and remote country spots are being searched by the friends and family of a missing man.

The hunt for 24-year-old Kieran Smith began when he went missing from his home in Harcourt Road, Fareham, on Tuesday at midday.

His family – mum Linda Payne, step-dad Howard Payne and brothers Harrison Payne and Kiohl Smith – has launched an appeal for him to get in touch as they are worried about his mental health.

Kiohl, from Gosport, has been searching woodland areas like Oxley’s Coppice, the Gillies and Fort Fareham in the hope that Kieran has been sleeping rough.

He said that it was unlike his brother to go missing.

The 27-year-old said: ‘It is such a shock. He has never done anything like this before.’

Kieran was brought home by police on Monday after he climbed a pylon in Roebuck Close, Cosham.

This was the first time his family had realised the extent of Kieran’s depression, and has added to their desperation to find him.

Kiohl, a father-of-two, said: ‘Because of Monday’s incident we are concerned about his mental health.

‘All of his friends have been helping out putting up posters and asking in shops and searching.’

Kieran is a keen angler but his rods are at home, so his friends and family have also been checking local lakes.

Posters have appeared around Fareham and Kieran’s former school friend Ben Johnson has started up a Facebook group called ‘Help Find Kieran Smith (Jibba)’ to co-ordinate the search.

Kiohl urged his brother to get in touch.

He said: ‘I’d like to thank everybody for their support, in the community and on Facebook. If Kieran does see it, we just want him to come home.’

Kieran, who is nicknamed Jibba, was last seen wearing a navy blue woollen hoodie, a blue T-shirt, grey jogging bottoms and white baseball boots. He is slim, was wearing baggy clothes, and is about 5ft 4in with brown, wavy hair.

Kieran, a self-employed labourer, had no bank cards or ID on him and only had a small amount of money.

If anybody has seen Kieran call 07941 092406 or 07487 825955. Alternatively call police on 101.