Officer’s appeal as search for Paresh continues

It has been one week since Leicester man, Paresh Patel, was last seen.

Paresh, 48, left his home in the Melton Road area of the city at around 9pm on Saturday (10 November). A family member reported him missing the following morning after he failed to return home.

As time goes on his family, friends and officers are desperate to hear from him and are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

A week after his disappearance, Inspector Rich Lane, has issued a direct appeal to the public to help find Paresh.

Inspector Lane said: “We are becoming very concerned for Paresh’s welfare.

“There was a sighting of him captured on CCTV walking along the Belgrave Road at approximately 9.20pm on Saturday night, but since then no one has seen or heard from him.

“Mr Patel takes daily medication and his family are worried he might not be taking it.

“Since he was reported as missing, officers have been carrying out extensive enquiries to find Paresh, and those enquiries continue.”

Inspector Lane went on to thank the public for all of their help so far and urged anyone who might have seen Paresh to contact police.

Paresh is described as having light brown skin, is around 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build. He is bald headed, wears glasses and has a distinctive red-coloured tattoo on his upper right arm depicting the sacred Hindu symbol, Om.

When last seen he was wearing a navy blue coat, a grey jumper, blue jeans, brown shoes and a brown flat cap.

Over the last week, as part of police enquiries, hundreds of leaflets containing images of Paresh, his description and details of where he was last seen, were handed out in the Belgrave Road vicinity to businesses, residents and visitors to the area.

Leicestershire Search and Rescue volunteers searched an area of Abbey Park on Tuesday, with specially trained officers carrying out water searches in the park’s lake as well as the surrounding canal and river.

On Thursday, a further team of specialist officers searched an area of the Belgrave Road, and Paresh’s wife, Kalpana Patel, made a direct appeal to her husband to contact the family or police to say he was safe and well.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Paresh, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, you are urged to contact 101 quoting incident 71 of 11 November.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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