Search continues for missing Matthew Bentham

01 Jan 2016 12:00 PM

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Update 01/01/16


This is an update in relation in connection with a missing man from Sunderland. A car believed to be that of Matthew Bentham has been located in the River Wear. Matthew's family have been informed as police continue to search for the missing 26 year -old who has not been seen since 11pm on Boxing Day.




Police searching for missing Sunderland man Matthew Bentham are continuing to search for him.

Matthew, who is 26 and from Hylton Castle, has not been seen since 11pm on December 26 when he left his home address in his car - a grey Ford Focus estate (reg number ND07WBU).

A car similar to Matthew's was spotted on CCTV on the A19 near to the River Wear, on Sunday December 27 at about 2.40am, and officers are focusing their searches around the river at this location.

Chief Inspector Julian Bowransaid: "We are really concerned for Matthew's welfare and would urge anyone with any information as to his whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible.

"A similar car to Matthew's was seen near to the river in the early hours of Sunday morning and we are carrying out searches of the area, including sections of the river itself, as there is a possibility that he may have gone into the river.

"Matthew's family and friends are extremely worried about him and if anyone saw anything, or has any information that might help us find Matthew, then I'd ask that they contact us as soon as possible with any information."

Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.

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