A PICTURE of missing deputy head teacher Mark Bushnell with his wife and children has been released by police in an effort to find him.
The shot shows the 50-year-old with his wife Joanna and their three boys, who all attend Durham School where their father works.
Officers searching for Mr Bushnell, who was reported missing on Sunday, say they are getting increasingly concerned for his welfare.
Mr Bushnell was reported missing after leaving his home in Durham City at about 11.30am in his Grey Citroen C3.
His car was found at a picnic site near Blackhall Rocks in Peterlee.
Mr Bushnell is described as a white, around 5ft 10” tall, of slim build with closely shaved grey hair. He was possibly wearing a checked shirt and brown or blue jeans.
At a press conference at Durham School in Quarry Heads Lane, Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston said the deputy head had left home to try and find a laundrette to wash rugby kit from a match the previous day.
He added: “The search has now been ongoing for 48 hours and we are becoming increasingly concerned for Mr Bushnell’s welfare.
“We have had lots of offers of help from the public to find him, but the area where his car was found is a difficult one to search so we would ask people to leave it to the professionals.”
Head master Martin George added: “He is well-respected and has worked here for more than 20 years. Everyone is desperate to hear from him and find out what has happened.”
Anyone with information on Mr Bushnell’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact police on 101.