Police search for missing Barnsley man continues as officers follow up possible sightings

A police search of a missing Barnsley man is continuing today as officers follow up possible new sightings.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 10:13 am
Updated Friday, 3rd January 2020, 5:27 pm

Richard Dyson, aged 55, was reported missing on Monday, November 25 by his daughter, who was worried that she had not seen or heard from him since Friday, November 15 when he was in the Aston area of Rotherham at around 6pm.

Officers believe Richard was last seen on Sunday, November 17 as he walked towards the A6135 Sheffield Road in Hoyland at around 11pm.

There have been reports of a number of possible sightings since, which are being followed up.

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Richard Dyson is still missing from home

Temporary Superintendent Mark James, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Extensive enquiries have been carried out since Richard was reported missing, which included searches of farmland and other areas where we know Richard worked or frequented.

“We are grateful for the support of our communities in Hoyland and Elsecar, as well as the wider South Yorkshire public, who have been sharing our appeals and providing us with information.

“While we have no further confirmed sightings of Richard at this time, we have received a number of possible sightings that we are trying to either confirm or negate. Some of those sightings are as recently as one week ago.”

He said posters are now going up in public places to raise awareness of the disappearance.

Supt James said: “We are progressing all lines of enquiry and in a bid to support our ongoing efforts, those living in the Hoyland and Elsecar areas may start to see posters going up in public places. We hope they will encourage anyone with information about Richard’s whereabouts to get in touch.

“Please, if you do hold any information, no matter how small or insignificant you feel it is, get in touch with us and let us know.

“If Richard is reading this, I’d like to appeal directly to you - please contact your daughter, Richard, or someone you know, and let us know that you’re alright.

“We need to make sure you’re safe so please give someone a call.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 459 of November 25.