'We love him so much' - Family of missing biology teacher Darren Blyth issue heartfelt plea for him to come home
The family of a much loved dad and teacher who has been missing for five days have issued a heartfelt plea for him to return home.
Darren Blyth left his home in Trimdon Station on Wednesday evening, stating that he planned to take photographs of the sunset at Hawthorn Dene, but did not return later that night.
Despite an extensive ongoing investigation, his whereabouts are still unknown.
The 55-year-old, who is a popular biology teacher at Stokesley School in Middlesbrough, is dad to Katrina Blyth, 36, and Abigail Blyth, nine.
Darren’s wife, Mel, said: “We’re all so incredibly worried for him.
"We all love him so much and just want him home safe with his family.
"He is priceless and irreplaceable.”
Now wife Mel has appealed directly to him to come home in a heartfelt letter.
She said: “To my darling husband Darren, if you are reading this then I want you to know that you are my entire world.
“You are the most beautiful, kind and generous soul I could ever wish to spend my life with, and nothing could ever replace my love for you. You are priceless.
“I will not rest until you return home safely to me, Abigail and your family who love you more than you could ever know.
“You are truly the most important person in my life and I need you back safely with me. I know how much you love us, and that is why I know you want to come home.
“I can’t express how elated that would make me feel, so please, please, come home where we can make you feel safe, happy and loved.”
Katrina, Darren’s daughter, added: “Dad, the last thing you said to me was, ‘Thank you. It’s good to have people you can rely on.’
“There isn’t a problem that we can’t solve together as a family. We can get through anything as long as we’re together.
“Mel, Abigail, Alex, Tamzin, Sean and I just want you home safe. Please get in touch to let us know that you’re okay.
“We love you so much.”
"Mr Blyth is a much loved and respected teacher," she said.
"He is a warm and calm person and is excellent with our more vulnerable students.
"He is missed at the moment.
"We have put a message out to parents to say that our thoughts are with his family and we are all collectively hoping for his safe return."
Darren is described as 5ft10, of slim build and with short grey hair, and was last seen wearing a black North Face coat and grey outdoor trousers.
Anybody with any information relating to Darren’s whereabouts is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101 as soon as possible.