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.”
Members of the public can contact Durham Police on 101.
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