The family of a man who went missing from Harrogate Hospital for several days but was later found dead near Wetherby are remembering him today. Graham Roskell disappeared last November whilst being treated in hospital for inflammation of the brain.
When he walked out he was described as being in a confused state of mind. Today, his family are planting 800 trees in his memory. They have named the collection of trees Roskell Wood and have begun planting them at High Skyerholme in the Dales.
Graham Roskell was reported missing on Saturday 3 November 2012 when he left Harrogate District Hospital where he was receiving treatment.
He was last seen on CCTV footage leaving the hospital at around 8am.
Police have been searching for him in and around the Harrogate area since he disappeared.
Every police force in the country has been made aware of Mr Roskell’s disappearance in case he has travelled further afield, and his profile is featuring on the Missing People website www.missingpeople.org.uk
Mr Roskell’s family and friends have also been searching for him and have set up a website and Facebook page to raise public awareness, generating outstanding public support.
Hundreds of people have been volunteering their time to help with the search and distribute posters and leaflets.
“Our dad has been missing and not receiving treatment for his condition for over a week now. Every day that passes feels like a year, and we are truly grateful for the help we have had from everyone to help us get this far.
Our family has been torn apart and every member of our family has been out there searching. The searches by the public and the police are also still on going and we would like to thank those people for not giving up hope."
– Roskell Family
“Although farmers, landowners and rural businesses may have already checked their outbuildings and sheltered areas, we are urging those people to regularly check, as he may have moved around, or be unable to respond to people simply calling his name.
There are now over 5000 members on the “Find Graham Roskell” Facebook page, and more are joining every day. It’s not too late to get involved and help in any way you can as we still know that he is out there somewhere.”
As the search for missing Harrogate man Graham Roskell continues officers are appealing to the public to help verify a potential sighting of him.
Officers are urging this man to come forward so that they can rule him out of their enquiries.
A man aged 60 to 65-years-old, who bore a strong resemblance to Mr Roskell was seen by witnesses walking along the road from Spofforth towards North Deighton between 11am and 11.30am on Saturday 3 November 2012.
"“We need to establish who this man was, so that we can concentrate on other lines of enquiry.
Was this you walking towards North Deighton from Spofforth on the morning of Saturday 3 November 2012? If it wasn’t you do you know who it was?
Please contact the police as soon as possible if you have any information that can assist with the investigation.”