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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

believes.

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

year.

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

found.

“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.

“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

been searched.

“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

ago.”

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

cliff.

“Since those thorough searches no new evidence or information has come to

light.”

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

to light.

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

know.

“If anyone knows anything that can help us to find Russell, I would appeal to

them to come forward.”