Missing Colin Vasey: River Search Remains Ongoing But Other Enquiries Now Complete

Friday 6 December, 2019

Detectives have said searches will remain ongoing for missing Colin Vasey, but that available lines of enquiry are now complete.

Kirklees District Police have said they will continue to do all they can to bring missing Colin (81) back to his family, but that the only place remaining to search is the river in Dewsbury.

Officers have conducted extensive enquiries across Dewsbury since Colin was reported missing on November 17, and have also been supported by a massive public response to appeals.

A check of CCTV on Sunday November 17 showed the 81-year-old walking at a brisk pace in the Owl Lane area of Dewsbury at 5.33am and  then again at 5.40am walking on Leeds Road towards the ring road, and at 6.01am near Dewsbury Minster.

Full searches were made of these locations and around Mr Vasey’s home by officers and have since involved specialist search officers, drones and helicopters

Recent enquiries have concentrated on the River Calder in Kirklees over the past two weeks, and the last confirmed sighting of Mr Vasey is of him going towards the bridge with no sightings beyond this despite extensive CCTV enquiries on all possible routes.

Searches remain ongoing in the river by specialist underwater search teams.

DCI Fiona Gaffney of Kirklees Police said: “A significant investigation has been underway over the past weeks to try and determine what happened to Colin and bring some answers for his family.

“Their own efforts to support our enquiries and appeal for information about him have been nothing less than huge, and reflect the love they clearly feel for Mr Vasey.

“Sadly we have not yet been able to bring Colin home to them but are at a point where we have looked everywhere possible and concluded every line of enquiry, other than completing our search of the river.

“Our search efforts remain concentrated there and we will search for as long as we can to try and find Colin.

“I wish to stress that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with Colin’s disappearance and have not done so.

“All our search teams wish to do is bring Colin home to his family and we continue to be aware of the pain they are suffering, especially given the time of year.”

Saturday 30 November, 2019

Extensive enquiries remain ongoing to find missing Dewsbury pensioner Colin Vasey as the second Sunday since he was reported missing draws closer.

Kirklees Police have conducted searches around and underwater searches of the River Calder in Dewsbury over the past week and have said they are determined to bring Colin (81) back to his family.

Resources including specialist search officers, police patrols, underwater search teams, drones and helicopters have all been used in the investigation, which has sparked a significant public response.

Officers also continuing to patrol on pathways between Wilton Street and Horbury Bridge as part of search efforts.

Colin was first reported missing on the afternoon of Sunday November 17, prompting West Yorkshire Police to launch a missing person’s enquiry.

He was sighted on CCTV at 5.33am on November 17 walking at a brisk pace in the Owl Lane area of Dewsbury, and then again at 5.40am walking on Leeds Road towards the ring road, and at 6.01am near Dewsbury Minster.

There have been no further CCTV or confirmed sightings of Colin, who is from Shawcross, since.

Colin is thought to have been wearing a blue fleece, dressing gown, grey pyjama bottoms and a dark coloured beanie hat.

Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaffney of Kirklees Police, who is leading the enquiry, said: “We remain acutely aware of the pain Colin’s disappearance is causing for his family.  They desperately want some news and have done huge amounts of work themselves to raise awareness of this missing person’s enquiry and appeal.

“We are continuing to commit significant resources to the search for Colin to bring him home to them, and those efforts will remain ongoing over the coming days.

“I want to thank everyone who has got in touch so far to try and help us find Colin.

“The public response to this investigation has been enormous and really underlines his popularity locally, and the sympathy his disappearance has generated.”

Anyone who has information which could the missing persons’ enquiry is asked to call police on 999 quoting log 1104 of Sunday 17 November. 

 

Monday 25 November, 2019

A number of searches, including of waterways, are continuing in Dewsbury today as officers continue to appeal for information to find missing Colin Vasey.

Enquiries to find Colin (81) from Shawcross in Dewsbury have now entered their eighth day and have included the deployment of a full range of emergency services resources including boats, NPAS resources and specialist search officers.

Officers have received significant amounts of information from residents and wish to thank everyone who has got in touch and shared social media appeals.

The last confirmed sighting of Colin remains of him walking by Dewsbury Minster at about 6.01am on Sunday November 17th.

Searches are continuing around the minster, retail parks and waterways in Dewsbury.

DCI Fiona Gaffney, who is leading enquiries to find the 81-year-old, said: “We have had an absolutely overwhelming response to appeals for information as has Colin’s family, and wish to again thank everyone who continues to share appeals.

“Our searches are continuing across Dewsbury and we are acutely aware of the pain and worry Colin’s disappearance is causing his family who are working around the clock themselves to assist with and promote searches.

“Anyone who sees Colin is asked to call police on 999 quoting log 1104 of Sunday 17 November.”

*Colin is thought to be wearing a blue fleece, dressing gown, grey pyjama bottoms and a dark colored beanie hat.

Sunday 24 November, 2019

It is now a week since the last confirmed sighting of Dewsbury pensioner, Colin Vasey.

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Despite extensive enquiries on the ground – using specialist search officers who have been working around the clock, dogs, the police helicopter, diving unit and a drone as well as colleagues from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, as well a massive media appeal – the 81-year-old remains missing.

Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaffney of Kirklees CID is leading the investigation.

“We are doing absolutely everything we can to reunite Colin with his family. They are sick with worry about him.

“They all just want to see him return safely. We have always been very worried for Colin’s welfare – he left his house at around 530am on Sunday 17 November in clothing unsuitable for the cold and wet conditions we have had recently.

“It is now a week on since he was last seen and with every passing hour Colin is not found we are becoming more and more worried.

“Our best search team though has been members of the public who have responded incredibly to appeals by us and the family– especially through social media.

“Those appeals have helped to increase awareness of who Colin is, what he looks like and why we need to find him.

“The appeals have reached thousands of people across West Yorkshire and beyond – they have reached far more people than we could ever have officers on the ground.

“Members of the public have been a second set of ‘eyes on the ground’ and people have called in with information that has helped our understanding of Colin’s last known movements so we can focus our search efforts.

“There have even been possible sightings too – although sadly these have turned out not to be Colin – but it is clear the message is getting across.

“And I am appealing again today – directly to everyone reading this – to help spread the message. Just by retweeting a message or sharing a facebook post or even just through word of mouth you could help unearth a vital clue as to Colin’s whereabouts.”

What we know:

  • The last confirmed sighting of Colin was of him walking by Dewsbury Minster at about 6.01am on Sunday November 17th. See CCTV below
  • Colin is thought to be wearing a blue fleece, grey pyjama bottoms and a dark coloured beanie hat.
  • He is white, approximately 5”7’ tall and of slim build
  • He is a much loved family man and a keen walker.
  • He loves jigsaws and is
  • “A very loveable character who is loved by many” - Colin’s granddaughter, Lauren Vasey

Officers are again searching for Colin today – focussing in the area where Colin was last seen. They also spoke to people there in the early hours of this morning (to coincide exactly when Colin was last seen) in and around the Dewsbury Minster area and B&M Bargains and B&Q stores.

 

Anyone who sees Colin is asked to call police on 999 quoting log 1104 of Sunday 17 November.

 

Friday 22 November, 2019

The family of missing Colin Vasey have made an emotional appeal for him to come home as extensive searches for him continue.

Colin’s granddaughter Lauren Vasey has thanked everyone who has assisted with efforts to find her granddad and urged anyone who can assist to get in touch as police continue to search in Dewsbury for the missing 81-year-old.

The much loved family man, who is a keen walker and loves jigsaws, was last sighted at 6.01am near Dewsbury Minster on Sunday November 17.

Police searches involving drones and specialist officers, with support from West Yorkshire Rescue Fire Service boats, have been ongoing in Dewsbury around the minster, the industrial park area and the canal to try and find him.

Lauren said: “My grandad is a very lovable character who is loved by many.

"We just want him home.  We are very, very upset and it’s getting harder and harder each day.  We just want him home so much.”

See more comments from Lauren here.

DCI Fiona Gaffney of Kirklees CID who is leading enquiries to find Colin said: “We absolutely remain focussed on finding Colin who is a much loved family man.  His disappearance is having a terrible impact on them and everyone involved in this search wants to bring them some news.

“Police searches involving drones, specialist search officers, our helicopter, underwater search teams and the fire services search team have all been ongoing and will continue over the weekend.

“I wish to echo Lauren’s thanks to everyone who has got in touch with information so far.  We do continue to appeal and anyone who believes they may have seen Colin or has information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 1104 of 17/11.

 

 

Update 6.50pm- Thursday 21 November 2019

Officers searching for missing Colin Vasey (81) are issuing new footage of him this evening.

The footage shows Colin walking by Dewsbury Minster at about 6.01am on Sunday November 17th and is the latest confirmed sighting of the 81-year-old.

Officers are continuing extensive searches this evening in the Dewsbury area  and continue to urge anyone who can assist enquiries to come forwards with information.

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they may have seen Colin is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 1104 of 17/11.

 

Update : 3.40pm - Thursday 21 November 2019

Officers searching for Colin Vasey, 81, have a new update about Colin's last known movements - CCTV shows him at 0601am on Sunday 17 November by Dewsbury Minster on Aldams Road at the junction with the B6049 (Wilton Street).

 

Update : 9.25am - Thursday 21 November 2019

Officers in Dewsbury are continuing to search for a missing pensioner last seen on Sunday morning.

Colin Vasey, 81, from Dewsbury has been missing since Sunday 17 November and officers released CCTV believed to be his last known movements yesterday.

An extensive search operation has been running throughout the week with officers looking for Colin with the help of specialist search dogs and a drone.

Despite these efforts the search team have been unable to locate him and officers are becoming very concerned for his welfare – especially after the recent freezing cold temperatures.

Colin is thought to be wearing a blue fleece, grey pyjama bottoms and a dark coloured beanie hat.

The CCTV – which is believed to show him – was taken at 530am on Sunday morning in the Owl Road, Shaw Cross, Dewsbury area.

Officers are also appealing for anyone who was in the area of Owl Lane, Shaw Cross Dewsbury at or around 0530am on Sunday and may have seen Colin, in particular any drivers who may have dash cam footage to get in contact.

A media appeal was issued on Tuesday with a direct appeal made by Chief Inspector Jim Troisi of Kirklees Police for help in locating Colin.

This was followed by social media updates

Detective Inspector Stephanie Fox of Kirklees CID, said:

“We desperately need to find Colin and reunite him with his family. There is an extensive search operation in place and I am again appealing directly to anyone who sees Colin or thinks they might have seen him to get in contact

“He is an elderly gentleman wearing clothes that are unsuitable for the harsh conditions.

“We have had a lot of people who want to help find Colin and would like to thank the community for their help.

“Any small amount of information could really help us and our specialist teams currently out looking for him.”

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they may have seen Colin is asked to contact police on 101 or 999, quoting log 1104 of 17/11.

 

Update : 7pm - Wednesday 20th November 2019

Police have this evening released more CCTV showing the very latest sighting of Mr Vasey.  He is pictured at 5.53am on November 17 walking on Leeds Road towards the ring road in Dewsbury. 

Officers are continuing extensive searches to find him this evening and continue to urgently appeal for information. 

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they may have seen Colin is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 1104 of 17/11.

 

Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Officers still trying to find missing Colin Vasey, 81 who has been missing since Sunday 17 November have released CCTV believed to be his last known movements:

They are becoming very concerned for his welfare – especially after the recent freezing cold temperatures.
Colin is thought to be wearing a blue fleece, grey pyjama bottoms and a dark coloured beanie hat.

The CCTV – which is believed to show him – was taken at 530am on Sunday morning in the Owl Road, Shaw Cross area of Dewsbury.

There have been no confirmed sightings since then and search teams are still checking Shaw Cross in an effort to find him.

Officers are also appealing for anyone who was in the area of Owl Lane, Shaw Cross Dewsbury at or around 0530am on Sunday and may have seen Colin, in particular any drivers who may have dash cam footage to get in contact.

A media appeal was issued yesterday (Tuesday) with a direct appeal made by Chief Inspector Jim Troisi of Kirklees Police for help in locating Colin.

This was followed by social media updates

Detective Inspector Stephanie Fox of Kirklees CID, said: “We desperately need to find Colin and reunite him with his family.

“He is an elderly gentleman wearing clothes that are unsuitable for the harsh conditions.

“We have had a lot of people who want to help find Colin and would like to thank the community for their help.

“Any small amount of information could really help us and our specialist teams currently out looking for him.”

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they may have seen Colin is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 1104 of 17/11.

 

Tuesday 19th November, 2019

Police in Dewsbury are continuing to appeal for help in finding a missing pensioner.

Colin Vasey, 81, has been missing since Sunday 17 November. Colin is thought to be wearing pyjamas and a dark blue dressing gown.

And with the freezing cold temperatures last night officers are very concerned for his welfare.

Detective Inspector Stephanie Fox of Kirklees CID, said:

“We urgently need to find Colin. It was very cold last night and remains cold today and the clothing we believe he is wearing is completely unsuitable for the harsh conditions.

“We urgently need to find him to ensure he is ok and to reunite him with his family.”

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they may have seen Colin is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 1104 of 17/11.

 

Monday, 18th November 2019

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Police are urgently appealing for the public's help in tracing a missing man from Dewsbury.

Colin Vasey, aged 81, was reported missing from his home address yesterday (17/11).

Colin is possibly wearing pyjamas and a dark blue dressing gown.

Officers are concerned for Colin's welfare.

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they may have seen Colin is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 1104 of 17/11.

 

 

 

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