Missing man found after clue revealed on Christmas card

Police have found a missing man after finding a hidden message on a Christmas card.

Missing man found after clue revealed on Christmas card: The discovery came after police had been trying to locate a 67-year-old man from Crook, County Durham. They had hit a dead end with their inquiries. They believed the man had been traveling to Northumberland last month when he disappeared.

No location or contact information could be found. Then two officers, PC Bruno Lee and PC Martin Coates, re-checked mail the man had received to see if they had missed something. PC Coates discovered a Christmas card with what looked like a faint imprint of a name and number. It looked like someone had rested on the card while writing, which left an imprint.

On closer inspection they found a telephone number in Alnwick. After putting an address to the number they found the man safe and well. David Littlefair, Bishop Auckland Response Inspector, said. “When someone is reported missing it is a worrying time for family and friends and officers will do everything they can to reunite people as quickly as possible.

Because of the officers’ thoroughness, the missing person was quickly spoken to who confirmed he was safe and well. Resulting in a positive outcome and bringing the long investigation to a successful close. It’s the kind of thing you see in the movies. But it really does show how dedicated our officers are and sometimes you just have to follow your gut instincts – well done Bruno and Martin!”

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