A POLICE search for a missing deputy headteacher has been resumed.
Mark Bushnell - who is said to have taught at Hartlepool Sixth Form College at the start of his career 20 years ago – was reported missing on Sunday.
His grey Citroen C3 car was found abandoned at a picnic area at Blackhall Rocks in the early hours of Monday morning.
The 50-year-old, from Durham City, is the deputy head at Durham School in the city.
Police have grown increasingly concerned for his welfare since his disappearance. He was last seen at around 11.30am on Sunday when he left his home driving the car.
Police are appealing for members of the public to help them trace Mr Bushnell.
He is described as a white male, around 5ft 10in-tall and of slim build and has closely shaved grey hair.
He was possibly wearing a checked shirt and brown or blue jeans.
Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Mr Bushnell and need to trace him as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information on Mr Bushnell’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact police on 101.