Missing man appeal: ‘Richard, please call to let us know you are okay’

PUBLISHED: 21:57 13 January 2018 | UPDATED: 22:05 13 January 2018

Richard Leo is missing from Essendon.
Picture: Herts Police

Richard Leo is missing from Essendon. Picture: Herts Police

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Worried family members of a missing Essendon man have issued a heartfelt appeal for him to let them know he is safe.

A map showing the locations of several CCTV sightings of missing Essendon man Richard Leo on December 16. [Picture: Herts Police / Google Maps]A map showing the locations of several CCTV sightings of missing Essendon man Richard Leo on December 16. [Picture: Herts Police / Google Maps]

Richard Leo, 40, was last seen at his home address in the Hertfordshire village at 10am on Saturday, December 16.

He was later captured on CCTV walking down Kentish Lane, and then in High Street, Potters Bar, and Darkes Lane near the train station.

With Richard now missing for a month, his concerned mother has appealed for him to get in touch.

She said: “Richard, wherever you are, please let us know you are okay.

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service captured this drone footage of the area around Essendon in the search for missing Richard Leo [Picture: Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service]Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service captured this drone footage of the area around Essendon in the search for missing Richard Leo [Picture: Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service]

“Your brother and I are worried about you.

“We understand if you don’t want to be here at home anymore, but just get in touch to let us know you’re alright.

“I know you were worried about your situation when you left but you’ve had a letter to say it’s all been sorted out now.

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service captured this drone footage of the area around Essendon in the search for missing Richard Leo [Picture: Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service]Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service captured this drone footage of the area around Essendon in the search for missing Richard Leo [Picture: Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service]

• MORE: Have you seen missing Richard Leo?

“Your brother and I are thinking of you every day.”

Richard is described as a white man, around 5ft 10in tall, with dark brown hair. When he was last seen, he was clean shaven.

He was wearing a grey denim bomber-style jacket, baggy blue jeans and brown boat/plimsoll style shoes at the time.

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service captured this drone footage of the area around Essendon in the search for missing Richard Leo [Picture: Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service]Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service captured this drone footage of the area around Essendon in the search for missing Richard Leo [Picture: Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service]

He was also carrying a small grey/khaki coloured messenger style bag.

Richard often travels to Hertford by bus and also takes walks in the areas around Essendon Golf Club, the playing fields and surrounding woodland.

• MORE: Police issue second appeal to trace vulnerable missing man from Essendon

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As part of the police investigation, officers have worked with Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service to capture drone footage of the area around Essendon.

Officers have also conducted house to house enquiries in and around the village, and handed out information leaflets to the public in Potters Bar.

With CCTV footage showing Richard in Potters Bar on December 16, Herts Police officers now believe he caught a train into London that day.

Detective Inspector John Hazeldine, who is leading the investigation, said: “Richard has been missing for a month now and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“We have trawled through hours of CCTV and have found several sightings of Richard as he travelled on foot into Potters Bar.

“We now have reason to believe he caught a train to London, and officers are currently trying to narrow down which train he may have travelled on.”

He added: “Richard, if you are reading this, please make contact to let us know that you are okay.

“Your family are very worried about you.

“You can call us on 101 or if you’d rather not contact police directly, you can call the Missing People charity on 116 000.”

• Anyone who sees Richard or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the non-emergency number 101 straight away, quoting ISR 197 of December 20.

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