Police have been searching for a farmer who went missing a month ago, shortly after reporting that his Land Rover Defender had been deliberately set on fire.
70 year old William Taylor, known as Bill, was last seen at his home in Gosmore, Hertfordshire at around 9pm on 3 June and his 70th birthday was on 11 June. He reported the suspected arson just a week prior on 26 May.
Police began searching a 1.7km radius of William’s home on Thursday morning (July 5). Over the weekend, they were joined by a total of 100 specialist volunteers, who had travelled from as far as Dorset to help search through the oat crops which are currently at waist-height.
Hertfordshire police have confirmed that they are extending their search.
A spokesperson said: “The latest searches cover a 1.7km radius of the farm where crops have grown to waist height and began on Thursday – they are continuing this weekend. The investigation remain a missing persons inquiry.”
North Herts Chief Inspector Julie Wheatley added: “This is an unbearable situation for his family who are incredibly worried. William has turned 70 since he has been missing and his family have not been able to celebrate this happy occasion with him.
“I am appealing to anyone who might have seen William or anyone who has information on his whereabouts to get in touch with us. We are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and any information you have, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital in us finding William.
“If you’ve seen Bill, if you’ve got any information regarding Bill, please contact 101 and report it to us. William’s family is very concerned, we’re concerned. It’s been over four weeks now, so please any information – no matter how small or insignificant you think it is – please report it.”
William is described as white, around 5ft 11in tall, of medium build with short grey hair. He was last seen wearing a baby blue shirt, jeans and black wellies. He may be wearing a navy blue boiler suit.
If you have seen him since he went missing or have information about his whereabouts please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101. If you believe you are with William or have seen him in the last few moments please call 999.