Hopes fading in search for missing Durham teacher

Police searching for a missing teacher from Durham say they have not given up hope but the possibility of finding him “obviously decreasing”.

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Police say hopes are fading for missing Durham teacher

Police searching for a missing teacher from Durham say they have not given up hope but the possibility of finding him is “obviously decreasing”.

Mark Bushnell disappeared on the morning of Sunday 9 March after he left the family home to look for a laundrette.

The 50-year-old father of three is deputy head at the independent Durham School in the city.

Chief Constable Mike Barton, from Durham Police, told ITV News Tyne Tees: "The longer that this goes on, the more that our optimism will recede".

Members of the public can contact Durham Police by calling 101.

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Hopes fading in search for missing Durham teacher

Police searching for a missing teacher from Durham say they have not given up hope but the possibility of finding him “obviously decreasing”.

The 50-year-old father of three is deputy head at the independent Durham School in the city.

He disappeared on the morning of Sunday 9th March after he left the family home to look for a laundrette.

There are further searches planned for today and into the weekend, although these will not be on the same scale as in previous days since the main areas have now been covered. We are keeping Mark's family and his colleagues at the school up to date with everything we are doing...

“We have not given up hope but the reality is that as the days go on with no trace of Mark, the possibility of a positive outcome is obviously decreasing. I would stress again there is no criminal aspect to our enquiries and there is nothing to suggest anyone else has been involved in Mark's disappearance.”

– Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston, Durham Police

Members of the public can contact Durham Police on 101.

Police continue to search coast where missing Durham teacher was last seen

The Bushnell family.
Mark Bushnell.
The police search goes on.

Police searching for missing deputy headteacher Mark Bushnell have resumed their efforts along the coastline where he was last seen.

The 50-year-old father of three is deputy head at the independent Durham School in the city.

He disappeared on the morning of Sunday 9th March after he left the family home.

He had several bags of washing with him and was searching for a laundrette as the Bushnells' washing machine was not working.

He then drove to Blackhall Rocks near Peterlee where his car, a grey Citroen C3, was discovered early on Monday morning with the bags of washing still inside.

Members of the public can contact Durham Police on 101.

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Possible new sighting of missing Durham School teacher Mark Bushnell

Mark Bushnell

Police searching for missing Durham teacher Mark Bushnell have released information about a new possible sighting.

A member of the public has contacted police to report seeing a man fitting Mark's description at around 8am on Monday, March 10, at Crimdon Caravan Park.

The caravan park has been searched but Mr Bushnell is yet to be located.

Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston said: "This is a new possible sighting of Mark and although unconfirmed, we are treating it seriously. We have informed Mark's family of this sighting and are continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry.

"Specialist teams are concentrating their searches from Crimdon Caravan Park towards the stables at Crimdon Dene.

"Cleveland Police Marine Unit and the Police Air Support are assisting the with the search along the coast. We continue to appeal to the public for assistance in locating Mark.

"Anyone who thinks they may have seen him since 11,30am on Sunday morning should call police on 101."

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