Officers are continuing enquiries in the Belgrave Road area of Leicester as part of the investigation to find missing man Paresh Patel.
A dedicated team of specialist officers has been set up in force as the search for Paresh, who was last seen in the area more than a week ago, continues.
A number of police officers have been in Belgrave Road and the surrounding area speaking to potential witnesses, carrying out house to house enquiries and further CCTV checks covering a wider area.
Officers are also in the Abbey Park area of Leicester today carrying out searches in a broad area of the park and surrounding waterways. A police drone is also assisting with these searches.
A public portal has also been set up to allow people with any information regarding Paresh to submit this online.
Paresh, 48, was last seen at around 9pm on Saturday 10 November when he left his home in the Melton Road area of Leicester. He was captured on CCTV at 9.20pm that evening walking along Belgrave Road, close to Abbey Park. He has not been seen since.
The investigation to find Paresh was previously with the Missing Persons team within the force who carried out extensive enquiries including CCTV checks, searches of areas and making public appeals.
As part of ongoing enquiries, the dedicated team of specialist officers has now been set up to continue this investigation. This has allowed for more resources to be allocated to the case and for further enquiries to be carried out within the investigation.
Inspector Paul Allen, NPA Commander for East Leicester, said: “We are extremely concerned about Paresh. His disappearance is very out of character and the search for him remains a priority. Following extensive enquiries by the Missing Persons team, the team of specialist officers is now continuing this investigation.
“Officers will continue to be in the area as part of these enquiries. We urge anyone who has any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact police. This can be done by contacting 101 or through the public portal. Anyone who has any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time should also make contact.
“Thank you to everyone who has helped with the search so far by speaking to officers, providing information and sharing our appeals. Please continue to do this to help us find Paresh.”
Paresh is described as having light brown skin, is around 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build. He is bald, wears glasses and has a red tattoo of a Hindu religious symbol on his upper right arm.
When he was last seen, he was wearing a navy blue coat, a grey jumper, blue jeans, brown shoes and a brown flat cap.
Anyone with any information should call 101 quoting incident 71 of 11 November or visit the public portal at https://mipp.police.uk. Information submitted through the public portal can be done so anonymously if required.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News