Police ask residents to check gardens in search for missing man with dementia


Police have urged local residents to check their gardens as they continue to search for a missing man from Oldham with dementia.

Michael Sutton, 69, was last seen on Grimshaw Street Failsworth at around 9pm on Friday 5 February.

Officers investigating Michael’s disappearance believe he could be taking shelter in a garden or shed after becoming lost.

His daughters, who are ‘desperately worried’ about their dad, said he left home without his phone or bus pass.

He is said to enjoy walks in the local area and may appear confused as he suffers from dementia.

Michael Sutton was last seen on Grimshaw Street in Failsworth on Friday 5 February
(Image: GMP)

Officers reviewing CCTV footage believe Michael was later sighted on Ash Street in Failsworth at around 1.45am on Saturday, 6 February.

GMP have released a short clip which shows a man, believed to be Michael, slowly making his way down a residential street.

The footage was taken at around 2.45am on February 6.

Michael is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall and very slim.

He was last seen wearing a khaki coloured coat with a fur hood, black trousers, and black shoes.

His family said he is known to collect discarded nitrous oxide canisters.

GMP have released a short video clip which shows a man, believed to be Michael

Police are asking anyone in the Failsworth area to search in their gardens and sheds, and to contact police if they find anything that may assist in locating Michael.

Michael’s daughters, Megan and Jo, said: “Thank you to everyone who has shared this appeal so far. Your support means so much to us and our family.

“We’re all desperately worried about our dad, and are hoping that he is found safe and well as soon as possible.

“He doesn’t have his phone or bus pass with him, so we’re concerned that he might be lost and unable to make his way home.

“If you know anything at all about where our dad might be, please get in contact with the police so he can be brought home safely to us.”

In line with the current Covid guidelines officers strongly advise that people do not approach Michael but instead contact police on 999.

Manchester Evening News – Oldham