POLICE searching for missing deputy head teacher Mark Bushnell have said their concern for his welfare is growing during a press conference.
The 50-year-old father-of-three was reported missing on Sunday after leaving his home in Durham City at about 11.30am in his Grey Citroen C3.
A car belonging to Mr Bushnell - who is said to have taught at Hartlepool Sixth Form College at the start of his career 20 years ago – was found at a picnic site near Blackhall Rocks.
At a press conference at Durham School in Quarry Heads Lane, where Mr Bushnell works Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston said the deputy head had left home to try and find a laundrette to wash rugby kit from a match the previous day.
He added: “The search has now been ongoing for 48 hours and we are becoming increasingly concerned for Mr Bushnell’s welfare.
“We have had lots of offers of help from the public to find him, but the area where his car was found is a difficult one to search so we would ask people to leave it to the professionals.”
Head master of Durham School, Martin George, added, “He is well-respected and has worked here for more than 20 years.
“Everyone is desperate to hear from him and find out what has happened.”
Mr Bushnell is described as a white, around 5ft 10” tall, of slim build with closely shaved grey hair. He was possibly wearing a checked shirt and brown or blue jeans.
Anyone with information on Mr Bushnell’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact police on 101.