11 Feb, 2013 @ 15:56
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Police trying to trace missing man 12 years on

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By Frances Leate

POLICE have renewed an appeal to trace a man who went missing during a trip to Spain from the UK more than 12 years ago.

Greater Manchester police are appealing to the public for any information that might help trace Ian Watson, who has been missing since October 2000.

Mr Watson, 65, is a white man, 5ft 11ins tall, medium build, with wavy grey hair and blue eyes.

At the time of his disappearance he is thought to have been clean shaven.

He was last seen in the Oriheula area and had travelled there to finalise the purchase of a villa.

He arrived in Spain on October 14 and hired a car to take him to the villa at Lomas De Don Juan on the Oriheula Costa.

On October 16 he made several calls to his family in the UK but since that date there has been no further contact.

Julie Potts, missing person safeguarding officer with Greater Manchester Police, said: “It has now been several years since Ian was reported missing.

“If anyone reading this has any information concerning his whereabouts, I urge them to get in touch with Greater Manchester Police.”

If you have any information please call 0044 161 856 8499 or email [email protected].

Frances Leate

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  1. Did he complete the purchase of the villa? What was the gist of his calls to his family, did he say where he was going next, When was the photo taken? I take it he was 53 when he went missing because a 53 year old would behave differently to a 65 year old info info.

  2. Has he renewed his UK passport? or got an ID card and renewed it with the police? It is difficult to do much in Spain without ID. or a N.I.E. number? Notario? Inmobiliaria? Correos?
    el Empadronamiento? drivers licence? Vecinos? Pension? Cash cards? Bank? and on and on… no paper trail in Spain? I don´t believe it.

  3. its nigh on impossible to live in Spain without papers, if he is in spain there will be a paper trail .

    Bigger question for me is did he buy the villa and is it in his name??????

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