A family ‘in turmoil’ have reissued their plea to find a Bridlington dad who went missing a year a go this week and hasn’t been seen since.
Relatives of Damion Vernon are still calling for his return, but accept that following 12 months of searching and tireless publicity efforts, “there is nothing more” they can do.
“Everyone is in turmoil since Margaret, Damion’s mum, passed away,” said the missing man’s aunt, Bridget Bean.
She added: “We all know the anniversary is coming up, and we get upset, but there is nothing more we can do.”
Damion, a father-of-two, went missing from his home in Headlands Close on December 8 last year.
He told family that he was travelling to Sheffield to pick up a new car, but his last sighting was at a West Yorkshire housing estate.
Detectives investigating Damion’s disappearance said the 32-year-old left his blue Vauxhall Corsa parked on Sycamore Street, Belle Vue, in Wakefield.
He was last seen walking down an alley and has not been seen since.
Police divers carried out an extensive search of the river Calder but were left no further to finding his whereabouts.
In June, the force called a halt to their investigation after “completing all lines of enquiry”.
On the anniversary of Damion’s disappearance the senior investigating officer in the case Detective Chief Inspector Matt Baldwin has issued an appeal to anyone who knows anything
about Damion to come forward.
He said: “The past year has been an extremely difficult one for the family.
“We want to try and establish exactly what has happened to Damion. We have spoken to over 200 people about the disappearance and carried out searches of the alleged route that he took on the day he disappeared. Along with reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV, a search of a 35 mile stretch of the River Calder was carried out and we have responded to every alleged sighting of Damion.
“The media played their part last year by publishing daily appeals, however every avenue has drawn a blank.
“There is no suggestion that criminal activity led to Damion going missing and we are keeping an open mind about his disappearance and the case will be kept open as a long term missing person enquiry.”
The family was stricken by further tragedy in May when Damion’s mother. Margaret Fox, died from a “broken heart”.
Now, Damion’s aunt Bridget said they “are still no further than we were last year”.
She added: “We don’t think now. Someone knows where he is - it’s only a matter of time. The police are not helping us.
“We still want him back home, it’s been a year and there is not a day when his daughter doesn’t ask about him.”
Damion is described as white, 6ft tall, with a slim build and short, wavy, light brown hair.
Damion or anyone who knows his whereabouts should contact Humberside Police on telephone number 101 referring to log 438 of December 9 2014.