Police investigating the disappearance of a missing man from Linslade say the chances of finding him alive are diminishing.
Search and rescue teams returned to Leighton-Linslade today to continue their hunt for 37-year-old Neil Devlin from Town Bridge Mill, Linslade, who has not been seen for three weeks.
Police Search Advisor Darren Woodhouse spoke to the LBO at the scene of the search today where there is currently a 20-strong team searching Clipstone Brook.
PC Woodhouse said: “We are continuing the search for missing person Neil Devlin, looking at the area around Clipstone Brook leading into the River Ouzel.
“Currently there is a multi-agency search operation involving Beds Police, Beds Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Midshire Search and Rescue.
“It is standard procedure for police to initiate a search of this nature for a high risk missing person.
“We have made excellent progression. The water level has dropped from when we first attended this location and we are hoping to deploy a boat team further upstream the River Ouzel soon.
“We will never give up looking for Neil until we find out what has happened to him and where he is.
“Hopefully we will still find him alive, but those chances are diminishing.”
Detective Inspector Zara Brown, who is leading the search for Neil, said yesterday: “Our investigations are continuing to trace Neil and it is hoped that the anniversary appeal could spark a memory that may help progress this investigation.
“Today specialist search officers and divers from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will also be in the area to undertake further searches of the river bank and the river itself.
“This behaviour is totally out of character for Neil and as time passes our concern for his wellbeing is growing. I would urge anyone who can help trace Neil to contact the police urgently to enable us to make sure he is safe and well.”
Neil is described as a white man with mild learning difficulties, 5’2” to 5’5” tall, with a small/slim build, short ginger hair and a pale complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark anorak style jacket with a hood, a dark top and jeans.
Anyone who has seen Neil or has information about his whereabouts should contact Bedfordshire Police on 101.
> Picture and video by Natalee Hazelwood.