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Residents asked to check sheds as search for missing diplomat from Bentley continues

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Residents asked to check sheds as search for missing diplomat from Bentley continues

Published at 3:29pm 11th May 2020. (Updated at 9:34am 12th May 2020)

The search for a British diplomat from Bentley continues with Hampshire Police asking residents to check their gardens and sheds. 

52-year-old Richard Morris has not been seen since last Wednesday (6 May) when he went out for a run,

Hampshire Police would also like to hear from any residents or businesses with CCTV who could help with their enquiries.

Richard was ambassador to Nepal from November 2015 to November 2019.

In October he was appointed the new British High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji and is due to take up his new role in July.

Richard is described as: 

  • White
  • Greying hair and a beard
  • Distinctive birthmark on his face
  • He was last seen wearing a blue long sleeved top with a half zip, black shorts, and blue trainers.
Richard Morris missing

Hampshire Police say professional search teams are conducting a thorough search of the local area:

"We would like to respectfully ask members of the public not to attempt to look for Richard, outside of your own property, themselves.

"This is so teams can accurately monitor all areas that have been police searched to a professional standard and so potential tracking can be conducted by search dogs."

An FCO spokesperson said it was "extremelyl worried" and described him as "a much valued and well liked colleague."

A career diplomat, before Nepal Mr Morris worked as head of pacific department at the Foreign Office.

He has also been consul general in Sydney and has served in Mexico City.

A graduate from Aberystwyth University, Mr Morris joined the Foreign Office in 1990.

He worked in multiple departments, including on defence issues, cultural relations and spent time at the UK mission to the United Nations in New York.

He has a wife, a daughter and two sons.

His Foreign Office biography says that he "enjoys long-distance running, reading, travel, music and spending time with his family".

Mr Morris had completed a marathon up Mount Everest for a charity to support people with facial disfigurement.

He had finished the 42km race from Base Camp to Namche in seven hours and 51 minutes on 30 May last year.

If you can help call 101 and quote the reference 44200160398.