Specialist teams called in search for missing Essex man Gordon Wilson, 82
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Officers are searching areas along bus routes to try and find Gordon Wilson, who has been missing for longer than a week.
Mr Wilson, 82, was last seen at his home in Leaden Roding at about on Sunday, October 25 and is thought to have got on the number 59 bus to Chelmsford Bus Station that day.
His bus pass was used to board a number 352 First Bus at 12.30pm.
Acting detective chief inspector Neil Pudney said: “Unfortunately we have had no confirmed sightings of Gordon since he boarded that bus.
“On the day that Gordon got on, we believe around seven other people also boarded at the bus station. There were 12 planned stops for the bus, which was going to Halstead, but he could possibly have got off at any one of 90 stops.
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“We have now got specialist police search teams, assisted by members of the Lowland Search and Rescue team, checking alongside many of the more rural bus stops to see if they can find any trace of Gordon.”
Yesterday, a week since Mr Wilson was last seen, officers boarded the 352 bus from Chelmsford to speak to passengers who may have used the bus a week before.
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After leaving the bus station the 352 bus goes to Broomfield and then up the A131 to Great Leighs and then on to Braintree Bus Station. It then heads out along the B1053, via Bocking, before picking up the A131 again to finish in Halstead town centre.
Mr Wilson is believed to have left home with a small amount of cash and some of his medication.
He is known to enjoy long walks and had his bus pass with him. His ill health means he can become confused and have difficulty speaking.
Officers are also still looking at the possibility that he may be trying to reach Glasgow where he lived for more than 70 years and served as the headmaster at Shawlands Academy.
Mr Wilson is described as 5ft 11in tall and of medium build with grey thinning hair. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing a sports jacket which is either checked or navy. He usually wears a short, tie and jumper.
Acting DCI Pudney added: “It is now a week since Gordon was last seen and given his age and health concerns we are desperate to find him as soon as possible.
“We have put up posters of Gordon along the bus route and his picture has also been posted on our website, Twitter and Facebook channels.
“I would urge people to look at those appeals, share and re-tweet them and contact us immediately on 101 if you think you have any information which could help. If you believe you may have seen Gordon at any time since Sunday October 25 then please call.”