‘Sighting’ of Weston-super-Mare man missing for 14 months
PUBLISHED: 13:55 06 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:26 06 July 2016
Police have received a call about a possible sighting of a Weston-super-Mare man who has been missing for more than a year following an appeal on BBC One’s Crimewatch.
Scott Cook, aged 26, was last seen at about 9.30pm on April 25, 2015 near his home in Sunnyside Road.
Appeals from family and friends for Scott to come home failed to work and extensive investigations by Avon and Somerset Constabulary have been similarly unsuccessful.
But following an appeal on Crimewatch last week a man called in to say he saw someone fitting Scott’s description in Hampshire.
Detective Chief Inspector Ray Hulin said: “On behalf of Scott’s family and friends and the investigating officers, I’d like to thank everyone who took the trouble to call in with sightings and information after the programme.
“We’re particularly keen to hear from an anonymous man who called to say he’d seen someone with a similar tattoo in Gosport, Hampshire, to get in touch again.”
Doreen Jones, who reported Scott missing after his landlady had not seen him for two days, said on the programme: “Scott moved in with us for two weeks and then stayed for eight years. He quickly became part of the family.
“Scott had a real desire to help other people but he found everyday life really challenging.”
Scott is white, about 5ft 5ins and has a tattoo on his left arm which says Jay Dot. He is often known as Jay.
At the time of he went missing he was slim with a shaven head, had a goatee-type beard and often wore a T-shirt with jeans or navy jogging bottoms.
Specialist teams searched local woodland for signs of a camp after his friends suggested he had wanted to go ‘off grid’ for a while, but found no trace of him.
Officers have been unable to confirm any sightings of Scott and have not identified any financial transactions within the past year.
However, since last week’s Crimewatch broadcast, one man has come forward with some information which the police hope will help their investigation.
DCI Hulin said: “I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of Scott. I would appeal to anyone who spoke to Scott prior to his disappearance, since his disappearance and I appeal directly to any individual who knows the specific circumstances of his disappearance to contact us.
“My message to Scott is please just make contact. Everyone wants to know you’re all right.
“If you don’t want to talk to the police, get in touch with a family member, friend or the Missing People charity.”
Anyone with any information about Scott’s whereabouts can get in touch through the police online form www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or by calling 101, quoting reference MP1567/15
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