Three month appeal for missing Downham man

Barry Birch ANL-140327-102433001
Barry Birch ANL-140327-102433001

Police are issuing a fresh appeal for information to trace a missing Downham Market man who was last seen three months ago.

The last sighting of Barry Birch (44), was near his home address in James Scott Close in the early hours of Saturday, 28 December 2013. He was on his own.

Missing man Barry Birch. ENGANL00120140128093848

Missing man Barry Birch. ENGANL00120140128093848

Officers from Downham Market Safer Neighbourhood Team will be out in the town this week to mark this anniversary by distributing missing person posters and talking to residents to raise awareness that Barry is still missing.

Specialist police search teams have also been in an area around Denver this week as part of the investigation, including a search of the Denver Sluice and surrounding waterways assisted by the Fire and Rescue Service.

Detective Inspector Marie James of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, who is now leading this investigation as a long-term missing person enquiry, said: “Three months have passed since Barry Birch was last seen, and we continue to be concerned for his welfare.

“Our investigation so far has not uncovered any evidence to suggest that Barry’s disappearance is any way suspicious but clearly concern has grown with the passage of time. Barry has on-going health concerns and has now missed several medical appointments since his disappearance.

“Barry’s family are desperate to hear from him so they know he is safe and I would ask anyone with any information about where Barry maybe now to come forward. We will always investigate all lines of enquiry.”

Barry is described as white, of slim build and 5ft 8ins tall. He has hazel eyes, is usually clean shaven and has short, light brown hair. He is believed to have been wearing a dark coloured duffle coat when he disappeared.

Anyone with information about Barry Birch and where he maybe now is asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 immediately or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.