The young daughters of a vulnerable man who has been missing for more than five days have issued an emotional appeal for him to get in touch.
Simon Brookfield, who has recently been diagnosed with depression, left the family home in Wigginton at around 1.20am on Thursday morning and has not been in contact with friends or family since.
The 52 year old, who is company director of Kings Langley-based Chiltern Demolition, had spent a normal Wednesday evening having dinner with his family, according to his daughters Hannah, 19, and Stephanie, 21. He told no-one he was leaving.
The distraught pair spoke at a press conference at Hemel Hempstead police station this afternoon.
Veterinary receptionist Hannah said: “We are all really missing him and want him to come home. If he is listening, mum is at home and we are all really worried. We would all really like to see him, if he is listening, please call us to let us know you are safe.”
Investigating officer Det Insp Justine Jenkins said police searches have been carried out around Simon’s village home and the many places he loves to walk his dogs, including Tring Park and Ashridge.
Sisters Hannah and Stephanie told of their dad’s love of the outdoors and animals, including the four horses they own along with pet dogs and cats.
Popular Simon is believed to be travelling on foot – he has car keys with him but his car remains at home. He left his passport and wallet at home and there have been no transactions from his bank account since he disappeared.
Police investigations have now extended to the New Forest in Hampshire – a favourite place of Simon’s where he holidays with his daughters and their mum, his wife Elaine. The family have another trip booked on November 22, ten days after his birthday.
Hannah said: “We holiday in Hampshire every year, we always take the dogs and have a really nice time. He can relax and switch off from the stresses of life back here.”
Simon, known to friends as Chip, had been working very long hours at his business which caused him some tiredness and stress. Although he had recently been prescribed medication for his depression, Simon had not started taking them and had no medication with him when he left the house.
His daughters say he has never done anything like this before, and that living without him has been “painful” and “hell”.
Hannah said: “We are a really close family, we love each other lots, so this is really out of character for him.”
Det Insp Jenkins said: “We would like to hear from anyone that has possibly seen Simon or can give us a clue as to his whereabouts, that is all we are asking for.
“Simon didn’t say anything to his family when he left. If he needs space that’s fine, but they need to hear from him to put their minds at rest.”
Simon is white, around 6ft tall, of skinny build with brown hair, brown eyes and some stubble. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a big black coat and possibly a green winter beanie hat when he left the house.
If you have seen Simon or have any information which could help the investigation, call police on the non-emergency number 101.
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