Concern is mounting for a 79-year-old man who has been missing for more than a week.
Worryingly Paul Kynoch, who was last seen in Tring’s High Street on Saturday, October 20, could have spent some of the recent cold nights on the streets.
Paul, pictured left, lived on a canal boat at Cow Roast Marina for 12 years until his age led him to decide to move into sheltered accommodation in nearby Tring in March this year.
Head of the missing persons unit at Herts Constabulary Det Insp Duncan Sales said: “This is the first time that he has gone missing – it is out of character.
“For someone who is advancing on in years it obviously heightens the risks if they are sleeping rough. He used to live on a boat so would have connections with things like the Grand Union Canal and people that do reside on boats. Whether he is with someone on another boat, that could possibly be a line of inquiry.”
Paul, who was reported missing by the warden where he lives, is described as white, of thin build, around 5ft 3in tall, with grey balding hair, glasses and a beard.
Police, who have been in close contact with Paul’s worried son, have been visiting boaters in the marina and searching addresses in a bid to find him. They have also been hitting the streets to publicise his disappearance and are asking the media for help.
Det Insp Sales said: “I’m hopeful that he will reappear in the near future. If he could please contact police just to let us know that he is safe and well as obviously we are concerned for him.”
Paul, who does not suffer form any age-related illness that could explain why he has wandered off, is also believed to be keen on visiting the Bournemouth and Cheltenham areas and has links to Devon.
Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.