Posted on 12:34:00 on 6th December 2018
Searches are underway around Dearham today as police continue to look for missing man James Miller.
Members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team have joined officers in the search for Mr Miller, who has been missing now for nearly two weeks.
Mr Miller, 45, was last seen in Maryport on Saturday November 24 – and is believed to have taken a taxi journey that night.
Officers believe he may have been picked up from the Maryport, Dearham or Flimby area.
A missing-from-home inquiry is underway and officers are urging the public to come forward with any possible sightings of Mr Miller.
Today about 15 members of the mountain rescue team were searching, using search and rescue dogs.
Swiftwater rescue trained members of the team were also searching the rivers.
Police officers and a police dog are involved in the search.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Smith said: “We are very grateful for the help of the mountain rescue team as the search continues today for Mr Miller.
“It’s some time now since Mr Miller was seen and we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.
“We think someone out there must have seen him in this time and we want these people to get in touch.”
He added: “Mr Miller is not believed to have access to a vehicle and uses public transport, particularly taxis.
“So we would ask taxi drivers and taxi firms to think back and ask themselves if Mr Miller was a customer on Saturday November 24 – or has been in their cab since.”
DCI Smith also reissued an appeal for Mr Miller to contact officers if he becomes aware of the appeal.
He added: “If Mr Miller sees this appeal himself we would urge him to make contact as soon as possible to let us know he is safe and well.”
Mr Miller is described as white, 5ft 10 ins tall and of slim build, with short dark hair.
It is believed he may be wearing a dark leather jacket.
CCTV images have been released in an effort to find him.
The images were captured at the Ellenborough Mini Market in Church Terrace in Maryport on the day he went missing - Saturday, November 24.
The first still is from about 9am and the second from about 4pm.
Police are appealing for anyone with any information about Mr Miller’s whereabouts to get in touch by calling 101.