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Renewed appeal for missing man three years after he was last seen

Police are renewing their appeal for a missing Shrewsbury man three years after he was last seen.

Russell Blent, who will now be 38, was reported missing by his family on Saturday 9 April in 2016 after he failed to make contact.

He was last seen around 12.40am in the early hours of Thursday 17 March at the Meole Brace roundabout in Shrewsbury.

Russell, who is from Meole Brace, is described as white, 6ft 1inches tall and heavy build.

It is believed he was wearing a grey top, blue tracksuit bottoms and training shoes. However, it is also possible he was wearing layers of clothing, including a top described as a deep purple or red jumper.

Last year a reward was offered to help find him.

Despite extensive enquiries and searches to locate him he has not been found.

DCI Steve Tonks from West Mercia Police's Major Investigation Unit is leading the investigation into his disappearance.

He hopes a fresh appeal leads to new information to find him.

He said: "It's now three years since Russell was last seen and quite understandably his family are distraught and want to know where he is and I want to renew our appeal in the hope someone may remember something that will lead us to find him.

"Since his disappearance we have spoken to many witnesses and people who knew Russell and have investigated numerous lines of enquiry and followed up on a number of possible sightings.

"I want to ask people to think back and remember if they saw anything or have any information that may help us to locate Russell. No matter how small or insignificant that information may be it could prove to be absolutely crucial.

"We will treat information in the utmost of confidence however if someone doesn't wish to speak to police but believe they have information that could help they can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, we will never know who has passed the information to Crimestoppers but it may help us find Russell."

To report information to West Mercia Police ring 101 or Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Published 15/03/19