The heartbroken family of a 25-year-old who has not been seen for almost three months admit they ‘fear the worst’ as the search for him continues.
Police looking for Huw Williams say it represents an ‘unusual case’ after revealing officers have not found any signs to indicate where he may be.
Investigating officers have confirmed a 34-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the case. She has been released on bail while a property has also been searched.
Now Huw’s family have urged him to make contact after revealing he would always make an effort to talk to them.
The last time they saw Huw, of Chester, was at Christmas and have not had contact with him since early May.
Parents Steve and Mary, along with his sisters Sarah and Eva, and brother Ewan, have not had any contact since he last updated them he had a new job in a coffee shop in Nottinghamshire.
Steve said: “This is just not like Huw at all.
“He’s always made a special effort to talk to us but in the last 12 weeks we have not heard a thing from him. No one has. He has missed his siblings’ birthdays and that has never happened before. He’s always been there, or at least rung if he couldn’t be there, but to not even try and send a message is just totally unlike him.”
Police say Huw had moved to Nottingham just after Christmas to stay with a woman who had met via a friend. But his parents sawy this was unusual as he did not talk about it with them and left at short notice.
After moving he stayed in touch regularly, but by the time of his birthday in mid-April ‘appeared to be more distant’ and didn’t talk to his family on his birthday.
Officers say he vanished without taking his mobile phone or any of his belongings.
It does not appear he had any money on him when he went missing and his bank account has remained untouched, and despite numerous appeals there has been no actual sightings of him by anyone since May 6.
Steve said: “You fear the worst, thinking that something may have happened to him, or that he has had a mental health episode and is in need of help.
“I want to appeal to find him. I am hoping he will read this or be made aware we are all desperate to find him.
“I would like to say to Huw – no matter what you are thinking, or how difficult you think the situation is, we just want you to make contact. You don’t need to come home we just want to know you are safe and well. Please make contact with someone. We are all devastated not having heard from you. We love you no matter what and always will.”
Steve described Huw as ‘warm hearted’. He added: “Huw has high functioning autism, which can make him vulnerable, and our biggest worry is that someone may have exploited this in him.”
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Waldram, who is leading the investigation into his disappearance, said: “This is an unusual case. Huw appears to have just vanished and we can find no signs of anything which may indicate where he is. He didn’t take his mobile phone with him, as we found this smashed at the address he was living at, and he doesn’t appear to have any money on him or finances to support himself.”
Today Staffordshire Police shared the appeal issued by the Nottinghamshire force as efforts to find Huw continue.
DCI Waldram added: “We are appealing for Huw himself to come forward and let us or his family or friends know he is alright. Or if anyone has seen him or knows where he is to please get in contact. His family are clearly beside themselves over his disappearance and we need to find him.”
Police have been searching an address in Danethorpe Vale in the Sherwood area of Nottingham where he last resided.
Huw was last seen in the Sherwood area on Thursday, May 6, and has not been seen since.
He is described as 6 foot 2 inches tall, of slim build, with bushy brown hair and a full beard.
He has two tattoos on his arms, one is of a fish on his right forearm and one is of a black and white skull on his left bicep.
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He was last seen wearing a chequered shirt, dark blue trousers and trainers with reflective silver stripes. He may also have a green waterproof jacket with him.
Huw, or anyone who has seen him or who may have any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 urgently quoting incident number 70 of 6 May 2021.