July 31 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A man who went missing in Clacton yesterday was seen in the town several hours later than police initially thought.
Ronald King, 63, went missing on Friday, May 16 after leaving the Travelodge hotel in Jackson Road, where he lives permanently.
Mr King, who uses a mobility scooter, left with a blue inflatable dinghy and oars and told staff at the hotel he was going out to sea in his boat.
He was reported missing on Monday by hotel staff after he did not return. He also failed to attend church on Sunday.
Police initially believed that he was last seen at the Atlanta Café on the seafront, where he had a meal of scampi and chips with ice cream and a double flake at about 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.
However a visitor to the town has since told officers that he spoke to Mr King at about 9.30pm after seeing him in his mobility scooter on the seafront between the pier and the Martello.
Police have also issued a new picture of Mr King, which is described as a good likeness and shows his distinctive full grey beard.
Detective Inspector Russ Cole who is leading the investigation said: “The new sighting could be significant as it suggests that Mr King might not have gone out in his boat.
“We have had no sightings at all of a man in a mobility scooter trying to launch a tiny dinghy at any time during daylight and it would have been extremely difficult for him to have attempted to launch in the dark.
“There is nothing to suggest that he has used the boat. The seafront is always busy during the day but we have had no sightings of him using the boat and searches by the police helicopter and boats have found nothing at sea.
“We are now hoping to contact friends and associates of Mr King to build up a picture of his lifestyle to find out the places where he might have gone to.
“We are extremely concerned about his welfare but so far there is very little to go on to help us find him.
“The new photograph is a much better likeness of Mr King and we are hoping that anyone who has seen him since the morning of Friday, May 16 will come forward with any information however trivial they think it might be.”
Anyone with information should contact police at Clacton on 101.