Portsmouth port urged to help trace missing man

Missing 71-year-old Michael Davies
Missing 71-year-old Michael Davies

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A MISSING man could have become confused on his way home and passed through Portsmouth, police have said.

Hampshire police said missing Michael Davies, from Wales, disappeared on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday and officers are appealing to port cities, including Portsmouth to keep an eye out for him.

A statement said: ‘We are sharing our appeal with mainland ports, ferry and transport terminals, particularly in the Lymington, Portsmouth and Southampton area, in case Michael has got confused and tried to make his way home.’

The statement added: ‘Hampshire police are asking members of the public on the island to check gardens, sheds and outbuildings in case Michael has taken refuge in there and fallen asleep, or may even have become unwell or unable to call out for help.’

Michael was on a holiday with his wife visiting the Isle of Wight on a coach trip.

But he went missing from his Sandown hotel before midnight on Tuesday.

CCTV shows him walking along Avenue Road in Sandown at about 1am on Wednesday.

Wight search and rescue volunteers, police marine unit officers and the National Police Air Service have been assisting police.

Officers are following up a number of enquiries, both on the island and in Mr Davies’ home town of Blaina in Wales.

He was last seen wearing jeans, a blue T-shirt, a blue Reebok jumper and a baseball cap.

Call the Isle of Wight Investigation team on 101 or 999 in an emergency.