Nationwide hunt for man missing from mental health unit


A NATIONWIDE manhunt has been launched for a 56-year-old who has gone missing from a mental health unit.

All police forces in the UK have been contacted as the search widens for a man from the complex in south Essex.

Derek Jarrett left the unit on Wednesday, April 30, with a woman.

She was found in Bristol on Friday, May 2 and has since been returned to Essex.

Initial police investigations around the Bristol area and inquiries by the Met, Kent, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley and South Wales police forces are continuing but an appeal for information has today widened to include all forces in the UK, including Cleveland Police.

Detective Inspector Joel Henderson of Essex Police said: “We know that Mr Jarrett and the woman travelled to Bristol by coach between April 30 and May 2 but there have been no positive sightings of him since then.

“Given the lack of contact, he could be anywhere in the UK so we have issued media appeals through all forces.

“We want to hear from anyone who recognises Mr Jarrett from the photo and might remember seeing him over the past week or so. We want to find him urgently because there are concerns for his own safety and also because he is missing from a mental health unit. ”

Mr Jarrett is white, about 5ft 6in tall, has grey hair and has several tattoos on his arms. He was caught on CCTV at a hotel in Bristol where he stayed at.

He should not be approached, and anyone who sees him is urged to call police immediately on 999.