Missing man urged to make contact

POLICE have urged a security guard who sparked a massive hunt after disappearing as he walked to work to contact his concerned family.Wayne Beecham, who lived and worked at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club, vanished on Wednesday night after leaving the Dalton House accommodation unit prior to begin his 9pm shift.

POLICE have urged a security guard who sparked a massive hunt after disappearing as he walked to work to contact his concerned family.

Wayne Beecham, who lived and worked at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club, vanished on Wednesday night after leaving the Dalton House accommodation unit prior to begin his 9pm shift.

But the 23-year-old never arrived at the hotel reception following a journey which should have taken him 10 minutes.

His concerned colleagues then contacted police, who launched a massive search using divers, dog handlers, the force helicopter and volunteers from the Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team.


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They spent more than 30 hours hunting in country lanes, lakes and wooded areas in and around the golf club, which lies between Sudbury and Colchester.

But on Thursday night, police said Mr Beecham, who had worked at the complex for two weeks as a security guard and night porter, had made contact with a family friend in Colchester.

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However, the 23-year-old has not been since, and officers have relaunched their appeals for information.

Insp Martin Barnes-Smith, of Suffolk Police, said: "At 10.30pm on April 7, police were called by colleagues of Wayne Beecham stating he had failed to turn up for work as normal.

"Police grew increasingly concerned for the 23-year-old's welfare and, as a result of this, an extensive search was carried out in the surrounding area.

"The following day, officers received information that a friend had seen Wayne in Colchester.

"However, police are still keen to speak to Mr Beecham, as he has not been seen since and officers would like to confirm that he is OK.

"If anyone has information relating to his whereabouts they are requested to notify a member of his family or call Hadleigh Police on 01473 613500."

Officers checked Mr Beecham's room when he first disappeared, and found his clothes and belongings were still at his address.

The 23-year-old is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall and of slim build. He has blonde, cropped hair and was wearing black trousers and a light jacket at the time of his disappearance.

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