A 21-year-old man who has been missed for almost a month is thought to have been spotted in south Wales.
Edward Jerram, from Moreton in Essex, hasn’t been seen since a family dinner on June 6 after which he left his family home to go on a camping trip, Essex Live reports.
Essex Police initially asked residents and dog walkers in two areas of Essex to look out for Mr Jerram but on June 30, officers received information that led them to believe he could be more than 200 miles away in the Neath Port Talbot area.
However, despite a continued search by police he has not been found and there are concerns he may have now moved to the Dyfed-Powys Police area.
In an emotional plea following his disappearance, Mr Jerram’s family said: “Ed hasn’t been seen since our family dinner on Saturday 6 June.
“He was in high spirits and didn’t say anything to us about his plans to leave the house.
“A lot of his camping equipment is missing, and we know he loves walking through fields near the village.
“We just need to make sure he’s okay. We miss him terribly and are so concerned for him.
“Ed – if you see this – please come home.”
Mr Jerram is thought to be wearing black jogging bottoms or grey waterproof trousers with a softshell top, and is camping in a Jack Wolfskin tent.
He has a black waterproof ARC’TERYX coat and a black ARC’TERYX rucksack with him.
Essex Police are currently liaising with South Wales Police who are leading the search.
A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “We are reappealing for information on the whereabouts of 21-year-old Edward Jerram.
“Edward was reported missing on Saturday, June 6 from Moreton in Essex, but is now believed to be in the Neath Port Talbot area.
“Following appeals for information, members of the public have reported seeing a man matching his description in Glynneath.
“Despite extensive enquiries and searches in the area by officers, Edward remains missing.
“This is a possibility he may have moved onto the Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police area. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to please contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting occurrence *232236.”