VIDEO: Search for missing Plymouth man Desmond White continues
CONCERNS were growing last night for a missing man who has not been seen since Thursday morning.
The search for Desmond White was due to resume this morning. He disappeared after being dropped off for work on Ernesettle Lane at 7.05am on Thursday.
Police are hoping a carrier bag with snack bars in it found hooked on to a tree could help the investigation into his disappearance, which is said to be "completely out of character".
A multi-agency search began on Thursday and continued throughout yesterday until darkness fell.
Despite the best efforts of teams from Devon and Cornwall Police, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Plymouth, the MOD Police and assistance from the police force helicopter, Mr White remained missing last night.
Police searching for the 45-year-old have appealed to a "good Samaritan" who it is believed hooked a carrier bag of snack bars on to a tree branch.
Sergeant Ryan Canning said he was hoping the member of the public could assist the police with the exact location in which the bag was found.
He said: "At the time he was reported missing a carrier bag with some snack bars in it was found hooked onto a tree in the area he was last seen by the water treatment works on a footpath along Ernesettle Lane.
"We believe it was probably hooked on the tree by a member of the public who thought somebody had lost the bag and has then done the good Samaritan thing picked it up and put it on a branch.
"We are asking for that person to come forward so we can identify exactly where the bag was found."
Colin Sturmer, chairman of the Plymouth Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, said: "We were tasked by the police on Thursday evening to help search for a missing person in the Ernesettle area.
"The team were given certain areas to search on Thursday night and Friday after lunch into the afternoon but unfortunately we were unable to find the man.
"If we are required by the police on Saturday we will be there waiting to go."
Desmond is described as male, white, aged 45, 6ft 2in tall, of slim build, usually wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by calling 101 quoting log number 0470 120913.