CONCERN is growing for a man who has been missing from his Whitley Bay home since Christmas Eve.
Colin Morton was last seen by his partner Liz Callighan when he left his home in Belsay Avenue just before 9am on December 24 to attend a doctor’s appointment at a surgery in Whitley Bay.
The 52-year-old walked through Whitley Bay Metro station, using the footbridge heading towards the town centre. He attend his appointment at the surgery, leaving at around 9.13am before going to a bank in Whitley Bay.
He then called his partner at 9.50am but has not made any contact since.
Now police are appealing for a man seen walking into the North Sea between 10am and 10.30am on Christmas Eve to get in touch.
Wearing either boxer shorts or swimming shorts, the man walked into the sea near the area of the Rendezvous Café in Whitley Bay.
Superintendent Peter Farrell said: “We need to establish whether this was someone walking into the sea for a dip so we can eliminate this possible sighting from our enquiries.
“Therefore we are appealing for this swimmer to contact police immediately.”
Ms Callighan has appealed for Colin to get in touch.
She said: “I just want to tell you that I love you and I need to know that you are safe.
“Please can you get in touch with someone to let me know you are safe and well?”
Colin is described as being around 5ft 10ins tall, with grey balding hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top, navy blue bottoms and black top.
Mr Farrell said: “We are continuing to appeal to the public to help us find Mr Morton.
“We know Colin is a well respected member of the community and known to be a keen cyclist.
“We know that he has recently been suffering from depression and we’re becoming increasingly concerned that his family have not heard from him since he called his partner on Christmas Eve.
“We believe that Mr Morton may have gone for a walk on the beach after phoning his partner, so we urgently need to establish whether the man seen walking into the sea is Mr Morton.
“If you are that man, or you know who he is, I would ask you to contact police on 101 immediately.”
Anyone who has seen Mr Morton or who has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.