Police continue search for missing Chelmsford man

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A man arrested as part of police efforts to find missing Chelmsford pensioner Timothy Hatcher has been released on bail.

Mr Hatcher, 69, was last seen on December 18 and wa reported missing two days later.

He is vulnerable and receives support from carers multiple times each day.

A significant investigation has been carried out including widespread searches in and around Chelmsford, CCTV enquiries, analysing phone and financial data, and carrying out house-to-house enquiries.

Police are continuing to appeal to the public for help in finding him.

Detective Superintendent Scott Egerton, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “Quite clearly, we remain incredibly concerned for Timothy’s welfare; he has not been seen for almost three weeks.

“We have a team of officers working round the clock in order to piece together Timothy’s known movements, including aspects of his financial life and his phone use.”

Det Supt Egerton added: “The eyes and ears of the public are incredibly important to this investigation and I would urge anyone who believes they could have information on Timothy’s whereabouts – no matter how small that is – to please contact us.”

Anyone with any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, should contact police as soon as possible.

You can submit a report on the police website or use the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about website reporting services.

Alternatively, you can call 101.

In an emergency always call 999.

If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Please quote incident 754 of December 20.

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