Missing man may be living on streets

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The heartbroken wife of a man missing from home for a year is living in hope he will return home safely.

Tim Beardsley, aged 45, vanished one year ago this week, leaving his wife and family frantic with worry.

His car - a green Ford Focus estate - was found abandoned near Ullswater in the Lake District one week after his disappearance, but his family has not seen or heard from him since.

A search of the area failed to find him, but in April - after the charity Missing People displayed Tim’s picture on a board in Birmingham - a homeless man came forward to say he thought he had spoken to him that day.

He said Tim was living rough on the streets.

Tim’s wife of nearly 10 years Terrie drove to Birmingham to hand out flyers appealing for information on her husband’s whereabouts.

She emailed shops, organisations, charities and businesses in the city in the hope that somebody would be able to help her track Tim down.

And a cafe owner who donates food to the homeless contacted her to say he was ‘almost certain’ he had given food to Tim.

“These possible sightings are what give me hope that he is still alive,” said Terrie, aged 43, who works in accounts.

“I am convinced he is still alive - I don’t for one minute think he has done something awful and I am hopeful one day he will come back home.”

She said Tim was suffering from depression at the time he disappeared.

He had made himself an appointment to see his GP on the day he went missing.

“He had been suffering from depression for a couple of months - you can’t help your thoughts when you are like that,” she said.

“He was due to see his doctor that day to discuss it. I wish he had just waited another couple of hours and had gone for the appointment.”

She said Tim is in her thoughts every day.

“When I am eating a meal, I wonder if he has eaten that day. When it is snowing outside, I wonder where he is sheltering.

“I think of him every single day,” she said.

Tim is white, 5ft 10ins tall, with short, brown hair.

He was wearing a pale blue and maroon striped sweatshirt and blue jeans when he disappeared.