Nov 28 2012 By Kate Forrester
FRIENDS and relatives of a missing pensioner last night begged people to check their sheds and gardens.
David Hannam, from Willaston, in Wirral, was first reported missing by his frantic family on Sunday.
The 80-year-old was captured on CCTV footage (see below) buying a newspaper at a shop in Neston Road early on Saturday morning. He has not been seen since.
Emergency crews, including police officers and search and rescue teams, have spent five days scouring the area for the much-loved grandad but have yet to find any clues to explain his disappearance.
David’s grandson Steve Hannam, a Cheshire police officer, said the family was now growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.
Mr Hannam: “There is a possibility he may have headed for the Liverpool area if he has taken ill and got confused, or fallen and banged his head. My dad is from Liverpool and my grandad used to live there before moving to Willaston so it’s a place he knows well.
"We first realised he was missing when my uncle went round to visit him on Sunday morning. The curtains were all closed. The post from Saturday was still in the door and there was no sign of him.
"He goes out walking every day, so we are worried he may be lying somewhere after becoming ill.
"He used to be in the forces so his survival instincts may have taken over. He may also have crawled into a shed or outbuilding somewhere. The most worrying thing about it is we’ve been looking for five days and there is absolutely no sign of him.”
The 29-year-old thanked people in the Willaston area who were helping family members in their search.
Cheshire Police Inspector Richard Hill, who is leading the investigation, said: “This behaviour is out of character and we are concerned for Mr Hannam’s well-being. We are appealing to anyone who may have seen David or someone matching his description to come forward.”
“The bad weather over the last few days increases the ever-growing concern we have for David and we have officers out in the local area searching for him, using all means at our disposal including search and rescue, air support and dog units.
“I’d like to thank everyone, especially local residents, who have joined us in our search. This shows real community spirit.”
Mr Hannam was described as being is about 5ft 10ins tall, of stocky build, with thin, balding grey hair and bushy grey eyebrows. He also wears glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 414.