Police renew appeal for information on man missing for over 10 years

Posted on 9th January 2014

Police investigating the disappearance of a man from a campsite in Buxton 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for information.

On July 7, 2003, a man using the name of William Kane booked into the site at Grinlow, near Ladmanlow, Buxton.

He paid for two nights’ camping but has not been seen since then. His two-man Eurohike tent was left erected at the site and his belongings were still inside.

Some of his belongings suggested that Mr Kane might have lived around Leeds but he could not be traced in the area.

Officers carried out searches at the time using dogs and the police helicopter, and checks were also made with hospitals, other forces and the national Missing Persons Bureau.

Sergeant Steve England, from Buxton’s Vulnerable Persons Unit, said: “Mr Kane’s disappearance resulted in a significant search at the time but we were unable to locate him.

“We are as anxious now as we were then to find out what happened and to speak to anyone who knows or may have seen him since July 2003.

“The internet now allows us to have a much further reach and my hope is that this renewed appeal may be seen by someone who knows a William Kane, who could have been in the Buxton area back then.”

Mr Kane was described at the time as being about 40, 5ft 6in, of slight build and wore a large Australian-type hat and dark glasses.

Some of the equipment left in his tent included a Eurohike Wilderness 55 rucksack, a Eurohike camping mat and a Vango Fireblazer 250 sleeping bag.

All of the equipment seemed to be new and the camping mat was still in its wrapping.

Anyone who may have information on Mr Kane’s movements, might know who he is or may have seen him since July 7, 2003, should call Derbyshire police on 101 or the UK Missing Persons Bureau on 0845 000 5481.

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