Police searching for missing man say it is ‘increasingly unlikely’ he will be found alive

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POLICE searching for a man who has been missing for a month admit it is “increasingly unlikely we will find him alive”.

Officers are continuing their search for Peterlee man Robert Sanderson who has been missing since July 5.

A month on, the search is concentrating on the denes area of Peterlee.

Inspector David Wells, leading the search, said: “We have been working with our colleagues from fell rescue and the Castle Eden Dene ranger in our attempts to locate Robert.

“We are aware that as time goes on it is becoming increasingly unlikely that we will find Robert alive and we have prepared his family for the worst.”

Robert, 57, was last seen at his home in Witton Garth, Peterlee, by his sister around 6am before he left to go for a walk. He is around 6ft-tall and has short dark brown hair, wears glasses and was last seen wearing a black sweater, blue jeans and black trainers or boots.

Any information about Robert should be reported to police on 101.