POLICE are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing elderly man after a bag he was thought to be carrying was found on the bank of the River Adur near his caravan home.
Michael Mauger, 75, from Bramber, was reported missing a fortnight ago on July 1, but was last seen in Bramber village by a friend on Saturday, June 27. A man fitting his description was seen at 6am in Bostal Road, Steyning on July 2.
He is described as white, 5ft 9ins and of medium build with short white hair and a ruddy complexion. It is not known what he was last seen wearing, but he usually wears a floppy sun hat.
Following the discovery of a blue Tesco bag at Upper Beeding, thought to belong to Michael, a full scale search of the area took place involving nearly 30 members of Sussex Search and Rescue (SusSAR) along with two teams of lowland rescue dogs and police and West Sussex Fire and Rescue officers.
Detective Constable Graham Milner said: “We are concerned about Michael because he suffers with mental health issues and depression. Please get in contact if you have any information which may help us find him.”
Anyone with information about his whereabouts please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial 914 of 01/07. If Michael appears to be in danger or needs urgent medical attention, call 999 immediately.
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