The worried family of a missing man not seen in more than 15 days fear ‘something terrible’ may have happened to him.
Josef Skrdlant was reported missing after last being seen leaving his home in the Queens Park area of Crewe on foot at around 10am on February 19.
The 51-year-old, who is also known as Pepik, is originally from the Czech Republic and speaks very little English.
Now his family are pleading with him to make contact after his uncharacteristic disappearance and urged members of the public to report any sightings of Josef to the police.
Speaking to CheshireLive, they said: “Josef is a peaceful man. He would not hurt anyone, he did not cause conflict.
“He would never leave for so long and he wouldn’t let it go so far that he is wanted in newspapers in both England and the Czech Republic
“He would only ever leave for one day, for example, to places where everyone knew him and his girlfriend knew where he was going.
“I don’t know what could have happened but it’s been too long and we think something terrible happened to him.”
The family member added: “We wanted to tell him: Josef if you live but you don’t want us to look for you, at least let us know you’re alive and OK.”
Josef moved to the UK three years ago and lives in Crewe with his girlfriend but has links with Birmingham and Bradford.
He is around 5’ 2” tall with a proportionate build. He is white with a tanned complexion and has brown eyes and black hair that is greying and receding.
When Josef went missing he was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and blue shoes. Cheshire Police have been sharing the appeals in Czech and English, as well as going door to door leafleting.
Detective Inspector Claire Jesson, of Crewe Local Policing Unit, said: “Josef, who some people know by his nickname of Pepik, has now been missing for more than a fortnight and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.
“It is completely out of character for Josef to not make contact with his family or return home – he has never been reported as missing to the police before.
“We have been conducting searches for him since he was reported as missing. So far, the extensive efforts of our officers have been to no avail.
“Josef lives in Crewe and we believe that he is most likely in the town.
“There have been some potential sightings of him within Crewe since he went missing, but none of them are confirmed sightings.
“Josef was recently living in Birmingham and he also has links to Bradford.
“I urge anyone in the Crewe, Birmingham and Bradford areas or elsewhere who thinks that they may have seen Josef since he went missing to contact us at Crewe Police Station.
“The same goes for anyone with any information regarding his whereabouts, or CCTV or dashcam footage of him that was recorded after 10am on Friday, February 19.
“I would also like to appeal directly to Josef to get in touch to let us and your family know that you are safe. You are not in any trouble. We are all just really worried about you.”
Anyone with information or footage that may help officers find Josef is asked to call Cheshire Constabulary immediately on 101, quoting IML 922551.
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