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Police 'scaling back search operations' in hunt for missing Bentley man

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Police 'scaling back search operations' in hunt for missing Bentley man

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:21pm 3rd June 2020.

Officers looking for missing Bentley man Richard Morris are scaling back their search operations.

Four weeks have now passed since the 52-year-old British diplomat went missing.

He was last seen by a member of the public along Isington Road in Alton on the morning of 6 May, shortly after he left home to go for a run.

Richard Morris missing
Richard is a keen runner and is known to frequent Alice Holt Forest and areas surrounding Bentley on his runs.

Specialist officers are said to have searched over nine square kilometres of land, including Alice Holt Forest and areas surrounding Alton and Binstead, in their efforts to find Richard.

In statement Hampshire Constabulary said that "despite all efforts, there has been no trace of Richard to date".

Chief Inspector Alex Reading added:

“It has now been 28 days since Richard went missing, and we continue to be very concerned for his welfare.

"I would however like to reassure the community that there is no evidence of foul play.

“We have conducted an extensive search of local woodland, as well as 2km of the River Wey and a large section of railway.

“I want to reassure you that although the search phase is being scaled back, our investigation into Richard’s disappearance is ongoing and any new lines of enquiry will be thoroughly investigated."

Chief Inspector Reading thanked members of the public who have come forward with information and urged people to "remain vigilant and report anything untoward".

He said:

"If you do see anything that may be connected to Richard, please phone straight away.

“He was last seen wearing a blue long-sleeved top with a half zip, black running shorts and blue trainers.

“We are continuing to keep Richard’s family informed and they are being supported by specially trained officers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting 44200160398.