THE father of a teenager who went missing at Bempton Cliffs a year ago believes his son could have been drawn to a now-sealed-off underground RAF bunker to look at erotic paintings connected with the occult.
Russell Bohling, 19, from West Ella, was last seen by his family on Tuesday March 2, 2010.
His car was later discovered at the car park at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.
Russell had information on his computer about RAF Bempton – a disused former radar station situated on private farmland near Bridlington – two weeks before he went missing.
His father Roger, 58, believes Russell was interested in a series of graphic images which were rumoured to have been left on its walls in the late 1960s by occultists – and that his interest was sparked by whoever gave him a memory – continued on page 3
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stick or device with the information on.
Mr Bohling said: “The site was used a number of years ago by occult followers to hold meetings.
“They would light it up and take pictures and the walls of the tunnel were decorated with quite impressive erotic satanic paintings.
“What’s going to attract an 18-year-old boy? It’s going to be the paintings rather than its unremarkable history as a Cold War site.
“We want another search to be carried out.”
The site is located on privately owned land. The landowner has confirmed the bunker has now been fully sealed off with concrete at all entrances and exits, to prevent anyone from getting into the bunker.
Anybody approaching the bunkers would be trespassing.
Russell, who was 18 at the time of his disappearance, also logged on to an RAF Bempton website at 7.30am on March 2 – half an hour before he left home in the family’s blue Renault Clio.
Police officers investigating the disappearance of Russell are appealing for new information about his possible whereabouts, a year after being reported missing.
Russell is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, with a medium build and short, straight brown hair.
An extensive land, sea and air search was carried out at the time of his disappearance, including studying numerous CCTV pictures.
Specialist searches of the underground bunker and other underground locations around Bempton Cliffs were carried out by firefighters and other emergency services.
Numerous regional appeals have been carried out along with a national television appeal broadcast on BBC1’s Crimewatch Roadshow.
Insp Colin Waddington, head of Bridlington police, said: “A huge amount of police work has gone into the investigation to determine what happened to Russell Bohling and yet nothing at all has come to light that has assisted us in our inquiries.
“I urge the public to come forward if they know anything about Russell and his disappearance.
“If anyone saw anything of Russell a year ago, or spoke to him about his intentions at that time, please contact us and share with us what you know.
“I would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen Russell at Bempton Cliffs on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.
“If anyone knows anything that can help us to find Russell, I would appeal to them to come forward.”
Anyone who knows his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 0845 6060222 quoting log 55 03/03/10.