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Standby 2014

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:48

On standby to assist in Barnstaple missing person search

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On standby to assist in Barnstaple missing person search

The team were placed on standby today to assist Exmoor MRT with a missing person search in the Barnstaple area.

At this stage of the missing person enquiry our services are not required and we have been stood down for the time being.

Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a 55-year-old man missing from his home in Barnstaple.

Officers are concerned for the welfare of Christopher Barrow who left his Swimbridge home around 1.30pm on Monday 10 February.

He disappeared on foot with his pet dog, a long-haired dark-coloured lurcher.

Police units have been conducting searches across the Barnstaple area for Mr Barrow since yesterday afternoon. The police helicopter and both Dartmoor and Exmoor Rescue Groups are involved in the search as is the Devon Cave Search and Rescue Group.

Officers are urging anyone who sees Mr Barrow or knows of his whereabouts to contact them immediately.

He is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall and of slim build. He is clean shaven and has cropped brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red top, blue jeans, tan-coloured work boots and possibly a green jacket.

Follow up to callout after body found

Christopher Barrow, 55, was found with gunshot wounds after a two-day police search to find him.

A GARDENER and delivery driver from Swimbridge intended to take his own life when he shot himself twice, an inquest heard today (Monday).

Christopher Barrow, 55, of High Cross went missing on February 10 and was found dead by a dog walker at Pugsley Hill Copse near Swimbridge two days later.

The inquest heard Mr Barrow was due to have an appointment with the bank the day he disappeared as he was facing a possible redundancy.

His wife Gail Barrow discovered he was missing at around 2.30pm and upon finding a note called the police, resulting in a widespread search of the area.

Mr Barrow was found on the morning of February 12 with gunshot wounds to the chest and head, the latter of which was fatal, a post mortem concluded.

Karen Perrett, who attended the inquest, said in a statement Mr Barrow was 'always smiling and was very polite, but always a bit reserved'.

Coroner Elizabeth Earland concluded although Mr Barrow appeared to have drunk some alcohol before his death, he had intended the consequences of his actions.

She recorded a verdict of suicide.

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