Officers search favourite walking spots of missing Droylsden grandfather
Wednesday 9th August 2017 11:19 Droylsden News Tameside Posted by Tom Greggan

Extensive searches are still ongoing for a Droylsden grandfather who went missing two weeks ago.

74-year-old Geoffrey Ralph was last seen at around 2pm on Monday 24th July, close to his home on Arbroath Street.

Since he went missing, officers have carried out extensive enquiries which has included searching Geoffrey’s favourite walking spots; Hartshead Pike, Debdale Park and the canal from Clayton Vale to Daisy Nook.

They have also released CCTV footage of Geoffrey’s last known whereabouts in the hope that it helps find him.

Detective Inspector Richard Ennis of GMP’s Tameside Borough, said: “We are doing everything in our power to find Geoffrey and are working with our colleagues at mountain rescue and the National Police Aviation Service to cover as much ground as possible.

Geoffrey Ralph

“Two weeks is an extremely long time for someone of Geoffrey’s age to be away from home with no other clothing, money or possessions than what he had with him at the time he was last seen.

“The search at the weekend around the Hartshead Pike area unfortunately didn’t lead us to any information that would help us to find him so I’m again asking for people to familiarise themselves with Geoffrey’s description and his photographs.

“I’d like to remind people that he has dementia so may be in a confused state and may not understand that he needs to return home.

“If you see him or may know where he is, please get in touch with us urgently. Your information could be what we need to bring him home to his son and family.”

Geoffrey is described as white, of slim build, around 5ft 6in tall with short, grey hair and a white beard. He speaks with a Manchester accent and was last seen wearing a black and grey raincoat with orange stripes on the sleeves, brown/beige trousers, a navy pullover, brown Timberland boots and a soft, green, corduroy cap.

If you see Geoffrey or have any information that could help officers with their enquiries, please contact 101 quoting MP/17/0097208 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.