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Wife of former UEFA boss speaks out about his disappearance

It's been exactly two months since a former football executive disappeared from his home in Oxford. His wife Jacinta Evans spoke to ITV Meridian for the first time since he went missing.

Bernard Ross, 51, left Oxford on the 18th of October. He told Jacinta that he was travelling to London to see his sister. He's since been spotted on CCTV in Nyon, Switzerland at the UEFA headquarters.

Bernard left the UEFA organisation in 2016 Credit: ITV

She claims to have been told he spoke to a security guard and asked to leave five envelopes addressed to Uefa directors. She said the Christmas cards featured a handwritten note which said "Aidez moi, please", which means "help me" in French.

His wife said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in January and has since been in hospital frequently.

Thames Valley Police, leading the investigation, initially believed he was travelling around the south of France on a fold-up bicycle. The force said he was in Marseille on 22nd October and then in Grasse, on the French Riviera, on 31st October, before apparently crossing the border to Switzerland.

Chief Superintendent Christian Bunt said the investigation was continuing and officers were working closely with international authorities and police in Switzerland.

Bernard was spotted on CCTV in Switzerland Credit: ITV

Now Ms Evans has told us she's trying to come to terms with the idea that his disappearance was planned.

Our reporter Emma Wilkinson has been to meet her.

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