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Description issued of missing man

Police have issued a description of a man who went missing from Hampshire and whose car was found in a field in Kent.

Alex Child was wearing a blue or black short waterproof jacket, blue jeans and navy chunky trainers with white rubber around the sole.

He wore a dark beanie hat, which may have had stripes. He is described as white, 6ft tall and of slim build with cropped straight mousey brown hair and dark blue eyes. Police are treating Mr Child's disappearance as unexplained.

There are no suspicious circumstances, and nothing to suggest a crime, foul play or third party involvement.

We are increasingly concerned for his welfare. The Morris Marina was his pride and joy, and it is hard to believe he would abandon it unlocked. No one can give us any reason why he would travel to Kent. Perhaps someone saw a man of Mr Child's description in the Birchington area. He could have been walking along the roads or hitch hiking. Perhaps he was at a train or bus station. If so, we need to know."

– Detective Inspector Will Reid, Hampshire Constabulary

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Missing man's car found

Hampshire detectives are appealing for sightings of a missing man whose abandoned car was found in a farmer’s field in Kent on Sunday morning, 24th March 2013.

The distinctive gold Morris Marina, registration number SAE632M, was found parked partly in bushes in a lane at Monkton Road Farm, Seamark Road, Brooksend, Birchington, Kent.

The car belongs to Alex Child, aged 36, of New Milton, Hampshire. He was last seen at about 8pm on Saturday, 23rd March 2013. His car was found in Kent shortly before 11am the next day. The surrounding area was searched, but Mr Child was not located.