A student who disappeared a year ago may have been drawn to an underground
bunker to look at erotic satanic paintings left there by occultists, his dad
Russell Bohling, who was 18 at the time of his disappearance, had uploaded
information onto his computer about RAF Bempton, a disused former radar station
near Bridlington, East Yorks., two weeks before he went missing on March 2 last
His father Roger believes he was not interested in the site’s military history
but in a series of graphic images left on its walls by occultists – and that
his interest was sparked by whoever gave him the memory stick or device with
the information on.
Mr Bohling, 58, is now appealing for anyone who might be able to identify that
person to come forward.
The college student, who has a speech and language disorder, was reported
missing after failing to turn up for class. His blue Renault Clio was found
abandoned the next day near the radar station at Bempton Cliffs, 45 miles away
from his home in West Ella, East Yorks.
He had logged onto an RAF Bempton website at 7.30am on March 2, half-an-hour
before he left home. He has not been seen since.
Mr Bohling said: “The site was used for a number of years by occult followers
to hold meetings.
“They would light it up and take pictures and the walls of the tunnel are
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.
“Russell only formed an interest in RAF Bempton two weeks before he disappeared.
“He kept information about the bunker on a memory stick but that hasn’t been
“The stick does not match his own computer or those at the college. We believe
it is reasonable to assume he was given that stick by someone.
“Nothing has come to light so we need to look at this from another direction.
“I want to appeal to people to think about who they know who is interested in
“The bunker has a complex system and it was meant to sustain people for months.
“There must be sewer, gullies and air conditioning there which may not have
“We want another search to be carried out.
“We also want people to think about February last year. Did anyone here
conversations about RAF Bempton on the bus or in the college canteen?
“We are asking for help unravel the mystery of Russell’s disappearance a year
When Russell disappeared, after the cliffs were scoured, much of the initial
search centred around the underground network.
The entrance to the base is on privately owned land, fenced off from the
public. It is considered dangerous and contains asbestos.
Humberside Police have played down a further search of the bunker.
A spokesman said: “The police and fire brigade have thoroughly searched the RAF
Bempton site and police have thoroughly searched the caves at the bottom of the
“Since those thorough searches no new evidence or information has come to
Russell’s car was seen in the car park of RSPB Bempton nature reserve, close to
the former RAF site, by a member of staff at 5pm on March 2, and was still
there the next morning when he returned to work.
The underground bunker was searched by firefighters as part of a large-scale
air, sea and land search in the immediate aftermath of Russell’s disappearance,
but no sign of him was found.
Police believe the most likely explanation is that he had an accident or killed
himself, but his family believe someone else was involved.
Roger said: “I think two cars went to Bempton, I’ve always believed that.”
At the height of the investigation, there was a core team of 12 officers
searching for Russell, headed by a detective inspector.
But now, just one police constable is involved with no new evidence having come
Inspector Colin Waddington, of Humberside 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
“If anyone knows anything that can help us to find Russell, I would appeal to
them to come forward.”