Family’s relief as missing Portsmouth man is found

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A FAMILY have said they are ‘over the moon’ to be reunited with a man who went missing at the weekend.

Police launched a search for 56-year Ian Millett, from Fawcett Road, Southsea, after his family reported him missing when he did not get in touch over the weekend.

Mr Millett, who works at Two Saints as a drug and alcohol support worker, was last seen boarding the hovercraft at Southsea at 9am on Saturday.

He had bought a one-way ticket to the Isle of Wight, despite having no known connections there, prompting fears for his state of mind.

His partner, Elaine Johnson, of 
St Anne’s Grove, in Fareham, put out an emotional plea for him to get in touch.

Ms Johnson, 56, spoke of her worry and heartbreak that Mr Millett, a life-long Pompey fan, had not been in touch and that his phone was off, which she said was not usual behaviour for him.

She said: ‘He is a real gent, a cheeky chappy. It was just so out of character for him.’

After four days of frantic worry and searching, which included a massive social media appeal that saw thousands of likes and comments, Mr Millett, who lives in Fawcett Road, Southsea, was found yesterday morning on the Isle of Wight.

A statement from his family was put on to the ‘Please Help Find Ian Millett’ Facebook group yesterday.

It said: ‘We are over the moon to inform you all that Ian has been found safe!

‘Faith and positivity have brought him back to us!

‘We would like to thank each and every person who stepped up to help, we are eternally grateful.

‘There are some real heroes in this town.

‘We ask only now for some privacy as a family.’

A police spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary thanked the public for sharing the appeal.

They said: ‘We are pleased to say missing man, Ian Millett, has been found safe and well. Thank you for your assistance with our appeal.’