Family still searching for DJ Derek

The family of missing Derek Morris from Bristol have not given up hope of finding him. DJ Derek, who has just turned 74, has been missing since July 2015.

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Is this DJ Derek? Family on alert after lookalike seen in London

Is this DJ Derek? Credit: Family
Derek Serpell-Morris has been missing since July. Credit: ITV News

The family of a missing Bristol DJ is on alert after a man who looks strikingly similar was photographed at Waterloo station on Monday night (21st December).

74-year-old Derek Serpell-Morris has been missing since July. His family have spent months taking to the streets and spreading the word on social media to try and find him.

They are believed to be taking this latest lead seriously due to the similarities - and the fact that the man is wearing clothes similar to ones the DJ is known to have owned.

Avon and Somerset Police are still investigating - and have appealed again for anyone with new information to come forward.

Is this DJ Derek? Credit: Family


New lead in search for missing DJ Derek

DJ Derek hasn't been seen since July Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Missing DJ Derek's family believe they have found a new lead in the case. Almost three months have passed since 73-year-old Derek Serpell-Morris was last seen and despite a massive public campaign, his location remains a mystery.

But his family have found a map in his home which they believe may provide a link to his whereabouts.

Police say they are still investigating missing DJ Derek

Avon and Somerset police have said the case of missing DJ Derek is still open and still want anyone with information to come forward.

It comes after the family of 73-year-old Derek Morris were told police have stopped searching for him.

The focus of the investigation remains on Thornbury as we’re trying to establish where Derek went after taking the 10.32am number 78 bus from Bristol to Thornbury on Saturday 11 July.

This has been a distressing two months for Derek’s family and we’ve been pursuing every lead to try and get answers for them. They are being kept fully informed about our progress.

– Det Ch Insp Matthew Iddon

Police have stopped looking for DJ Derek, say campaigners

The legendary Bristol DJ has been missing since July. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The campaign group 'find DJ Derek' say his family have been told that the police have stopped looking for the missing Bristol DJ.

73-year-old Derek Morris has been missing for two months. In a statement posted on Facebook, the group say there has been a "shocking" lack of police support, and call on friends and supporters to help the search effort.

They say police have called off the search until there is further evidence.

"Dear friends and fans, the police have notified the family that they will no longer be looking for Derek.

So no further involvement from the police until there is further evidence, so I guess it's up to us to pull together and do their job for them.

The lack of police support is shocking and to leave his family in thin air is unfair and terribly insensitive to their pain.

We could do with all your help and suggestions please get in contact over the weekend and we will respond as soon as we can.

Thank you to all of you for your love and support."

– Find DJ Derek

DJ Derek's great niece says she'll never give up looking

Jennifer Griffiths (left) and the band of volunteers in Thornbury Credit: ITV News

The family of DJ Derek Morris today resumed their efforts to find the legendary pensioner from Bristol.

Their search has moved to Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. Police believe he took a bus there on 11 July, the morning after his last sighting at a pub in St Pauls.

DJ Derek is due to play Arcadia in Bristol on 4 September - his family are hoping against hope that he will be there Credit: ITV News

DJ Derek's great niece Jennifer Griffiths is leading the search of a stream in the town. They are prepared to go to any lengths to find him. Here she speaks from the heart:


Stream searched in hunt for missing DJ Derek

Family and friends of the missing Bristol DJ, Derek Morris, have been carrying out fresh searches, more than a month after the 73-year-old was reported missing.

They have moved their attentions to a stream in Thornbury as police believe Derek may have taken the 10.32am number 78 bus from Bristol to Thornbury on Saturday, July 11.

DJ Derek's great niece told ITV News that her family will not give up until they find out what happened to him.

DJ Derek's great niece Jennifer Griffiths with the volunteer searchers in Thornbury Credit: ITV News
The message remains the same - #FindDJDerek Credit: ITV News
Could this stream in Thornbury hold the clues to Derek's disappearance Credit: ITV News

Police focus search for missing DJ Derek in Thornbury

DJ Derek was last seen nearly a month ago. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police now believe that missing DJ Derek may have taken the number 78 bus from Bristol to Thornbury on the night he went missing.

The 73-year-old was last seen on CCTV leaving The Criterion Pub in Ashley Road at 00.13 am on July 11th 2015.

Officers now believe that Derek may have taken the 10.32am bus from Bristol to Thornbury that evening.

This would mean Derek would have arrived in the Thornbury area between 11.20am and 12 noon.

Police are now focussing their search in that area.

I am appealing directly for anyone who regularly uses the number 78 bus on a Saturday morning from Bristol to Thornbury to have a look at the photo of Derek and see if you recall seeing him.

Equally, anyone who lives around any of the number 78 bus stops in Thornbury – do you recognise Derek and did you see him.

– DCI Matthew Iddon

Family takes to the streets in search for DJ Derek

Derek's great niece with volunteers who are going door to door in an effort to find out what has happened to the legendary DJ Credit: ITV News

The family of missing DJ Derek Morris have once again taken to the streets of Bristol to look for him.

The 73-year-old was last seen leaving the Criterion pub in St Pauls five weeks ago. His great niece has organised a team leafleting homes the area to see if anyone remembers seeing him or has any clues to his whereabouts.

Jennifer Griffiths is not giving up, despite the fact that it's been so long without news.

"The longer it gets the more I feel like we're going to get bad news. Because he still hasn't touched any money and he still hasn't been in contact. I feel like I'm losing hope".

– Jennifer Griffiths, DJ Derek's Great Niece

Police say sighting of DJ Derek in Yate is credible

DJ Derek has been missing since 11th July Credit: ITV News

Police say they are widening their appeal for information regarding missing DJ Derek Serpell-Morris.

Derek, 73, was last seen on CCTV leaving The Criterion Pub, Ashley Road, Bristol, at 00.13am on July 11.

Detectives are now calling on people from across the country to help in the search for him.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We are still treating the sighting on July 16 or 17 in Yate as credible and we are working on the theory that Derek was passing through the Yate area."

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