Officers investigating the disappearance of Mansfield sergeant Colin Evans, have a confirmed sighting of him in Nottingham city centre
The 51-year-old was seen around 6pm last night – seven hours after being reported missing by his wife.Enquiries are now ongoing to follow up leads on the back of this sighting.
Colin finished a night shift at Mansfield police station around 7am on Monday (March 11). He then attended King’s Mill Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries from a fall and subsequently discharged. He is thought to have left the hospital around 9am, on foot.
Up to 60 officers – many who were off-duty – helped to search for Sgt Colin Evans yesterday around the site of the former Calverton colliery, Nottinghamshire.
The force helicopter – equipped with a thermal imaging camera – was also deployed. Sgt Evans car was also found at King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, where he was last seen yesterday.
Police say they were unable to start the vehicle.
There was a confirmed sighting of him by a colleague around 11:30am yesterday morning on Blidworth Lane, off Southwell Road near Rainworth.
Detectives say his disappearance is totally out of character. Last night temperatures dropped to as low as minus six degrees across the Midlands. Police are asking people to check sheds and other outbuildings in case Sgt Evans has taken shelter there.
The last time Sgt Colin Evans was seen was yesterday morning as he left King's Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
The 51-year-old had been discharged after receiving treatment for a back and shoulder injury at work.
At this stage there is no indication he was suffering from concussion.
Chief Insp Paul Winter told ITV News Central that at this stage there is no suggestion of foul play, or that there were any problems at home. Although he did confirm that Sgt Evans had been experiencing a stressful time at work.
His wife Magita, and his daughter who lives in Spain, are said to be very distressed at his disappearance and are being comforted by friends and colleagues.
There are growing concerns for the safety of a Nottinghamshire police officer who failed to return home after being on duty.
Sergeant Colin Evans finished a night shift around 7.00am on Monday morning, he then went to King's Mill Hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained from a fall.
The 51-year-old was discharged around 9.00am and left on foot. Two hours later the Sergeant's wife contacted police as he failed to return home and this was out of character.
There has been one confirmed sighting of the officer, at 11.00am a colleague saw him walking near Rainworth.
Police are also investigating another possible sighting of him at 4.00pm as well as searching CCTV footage. The extreme weather and the fact this is out of character is adding to the growing concern.
Chief Inspector Paul Winter said: "We are becoming increasingly concerned for Colin's safety. His disappearance is very out of character. His wife and family are deeply worried, as are his many friends and colleagues at Nottinghamshire Police."
Sgt Evans is described as white, 5ft 9”, of medium build. He has a bald head, a pale complexion, is unshaven and wears glasses.
He was last seen wearing a blue and white checked jacket, black top, trousers and black boots.