DESPERATE families hunting for missing loved ones will have their struggle revealed in a new BBC programme.
Reported Missing, which aired last night, followed the case of George Richardson, 49, a recovering alcoholic who left his home in Crewe in February.
BBC George Richardson, 49, is the subject of a gripping new BBC documentary about family members who are reported missing
George had told his wife he was going to the Job Centre – but instead he disappeared.
Wife Helen and the couple’s kids were so frustrated by the police’s lack of action that they launched their own search for George.
Taking to the streets of Crewe, the family plastered posters all over the city and took to social media, appealing for people with information to come forward.
George’s case was escalated to high risk after they found on his records that he had previously experienced suicidal thoughts.
BBC George, a recovering alcoholic, was reported missing in February before his family alerted police
BBC Wife Helen was beside herself in anguish at George’s disappearance
After fruitless days uncovering no trace of him, George contacted his wife and police were able to track him down and bring him home to his distressed family.
Unable to contain his emotions, a tearful George confessed to Helen on the phone: “I was going to kill myself. I was going to hang myself. I love you all.”
George lost his job a couple of days before he went missing. He had never gone missing before and never left the house for more than a few hours at a time.
Helen stayed at home whilst daughter Amy, 18 and son Shane, 21, and the rest of the family took to the streets to look for him.
The family begged police to put a trace on George’s mobile phone, but the officers had to decline. It was then Helen, Amy and Shane decided to take matters into their own hands.
They accessed his phone records from Vodafone to find out the last number he dialled before he went missing – but again it proved fruitless.
Finally, after five distressing days, George contacted his wife and daughter before telling the police where he was.
When he recovered he made an emotional phone call to Helen before he reunited with his family.
BBC Daughter Amy’s relief after police said they had found George and he was returning home