CONCERN is growing for a Sunderland man who went missing after losing his job.
Relatives are desperate to hear from Paul Wilkinson, who has been missing since he left his Marley Pots home on Sunday morning to go to a shop.
Detectives have been searching for the 38-year-old, of Elmwood Road, since his family raised the alarm but have been unable to trace him.
Fears for his safety have been raised as he is believed to have sunk into depression after losing his job and was on medication when he went missing.
Inspector Kevin Waring said: “This is clearly a very difficult time for the family at the moment and as a family they are growing increasingly concerned.
“Paul suffers from depression and has been taking anti-depressants, which adds further concern as he left without this or any of his personal belongings.
“He is in no trouble whatsoever. We just need to establish his welfare, so if anyone can help please get in touch.”
Insp Waring said appeals on social networking websites Twitter and Facebook have led to a number of calls from the public, but they have led nowhere.
Paul is 5ft 9in tall, of slim build and has dark, purpley-black hair.
When he left the house, at about 7.40am on Sunday, he was wearing a short cream coat, black shirt with a flower design, dark blue jeans and yellow Flossy plimsolls.
Superintendent Jim Napier said: “Paul’s family are extremely worried for his safety and they just want to know he is alive and safe.
“He left home on Sunday without medication, without his wallet and with very little money on him, and this is totally out of character.
“We are extremely concerned as we have had no confirmed sightings or contact with Paul since he went missing and we really need to speak to him to know that he is safe and well.
“I’d appeal to Paul to make contact with the police wherever he might be, or his family and friends, and just let someone know he is OK.”
Officers have been searching the area for him and have circulated his photo around hospitals, Pubwatch schemes and businesses and shops.
Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 101 ex 69191.