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  • 2 January 2013, 13:58

River Search For Man Missing After Xmas Party

Police searching for a man who went missing after an office Christmas party say they are "extremely concerned" for his welfare.

Ed Gillespie has not been seen since he left the party at Roydon Marina Hotel near Harlow, Essex, in the early hours of December 22.

The 38-year-old, who worked for equipment testing company Bureau Veritas, was reported missing by relatives after he failed to return home.

Chief Inspector Nick Lee, of Essex Police, said he was "extremely concerned" for Mr Gillespie's welfare.

"His car and belongings are still at the hotel but there is no sign of him," he said.

"We want to hear from anyone who might have seen him, possibly walking around outside the hotel."

Mr Gillespie's glasses were found by police last week but high water levels in the River Stort have hampered their search.

Mr Gillespie, from Luton, was wearing blue jeans, a blue and grey checked long-sleeved top and green trainers when he was last seen.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.