‘Come home you are loved and missed’ - Family’s plea to find missing Essex man Nigel Kedar who was last seen in Dickleburgh a month ago
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'Come home you are loved and missed' - that is the message today from the family of a builder who has been missing for a month following a night out in Norwich.
Nigel Kedar, 52, of Clacton in Essex, was visiting a friend in the city last month and was last seen in the village of Dickleburgh two days later after walking south from Norwich along the A140.
In an attempt to find Nigel his brother and sister travelled up from Essex and took part in an emotional press conference where they pleaded for Nigel to come home and asked the people of Norfolk to help in the search for their brother.
Police have said there is no evidence to suggest that anything sinister has happened to Nigel but they are concerned for his welfare due his disappearance being out of character.
Nigel drove to Norwich in his Peugeot on Sunday, April 2 for a night out with a friend and stayed at his house. He was unable to drive home the following morning, Monday, April 3, as a friend had let the air out of his car tyres due to concerns that he was unfit to drive after the amount of alcohol he had drank and it is believed he decided to walk back to Clacton.
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The same day he phoned his work colleague to tell him he would not be coming to work and that evening his family reported him missing to the police.
CCTV caught Nigel withdrawing £100 of cash from a shop in Long Stratton at 6.30am on Tuesday, April 4 before the last sighting of him in Dickleburgh at 9.30am.
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Speaking about his brother, Richard Kedar, described him as a friendly, hard-working man who was an important member of the family. He said the disappearance was completely out of character and the family were extremely concerned.
'He is a normal sort of guy, lots of friends in and around his work place and at home,' he said. 'He is a big family member and very important to the family, he knows that and we just want to see him home safe.
'Nothing adds up at all, he was walking back in the direction to come home and just disappeared.'
One of the members of the family who is extremely worried is Nigel's 14-year-old son. The two have a very close relationship and had plans for the Easter holidays including football training and martial arts.
In the time Nigel has been missing he has missed his son's birthday and his sister, Diana Mays, said his devotion to his son was the one thing they were holding onto.
'He would never miss anything with his son,' she said. 'He was looking forward to the holidays where he was going to spend time with his son and they are very close. For him to miss that is very unusual.
'His son is his anchor and that is the thing we are holding to that he wouldn't have left him, we don't understand that reason.'
Police are currently not looking for anyone else in connection with Nigel's disappearance and have so far found no evidence of criminality.
They have carried out searches along the A140 with support from the police helicopter but Det Chief Insp Marie James said they need the public's help due to the rural nature of the investigation.
'He is certainly on his own and there are no third parties with him on all the CCTV images we have captured thus far,' she said. 'We are appealing for the public to help us as CCTV opportunities are limited as it is a very rural area'
She also urged people who were driving on the A140 on April 4 to check their dashcam footage before any possible evidence is recorded over.
'We are using and utilising numerous police resources to try and find Nigel and try and provide the family with answers but please Nigel if you are out there or there is anyone out there who knows about his whereabouts please come forward and let us know so we can provide the family with some answers,' she added.
For now the family's main concern is to get Nigel home safe and well and Diana asked for the help from the people of Norfolk and made this direct plea to Nigel.
'Come home you are loved, missed and if there is anything you have done or you are unhappy with we can sort it out when you come home.'
Nigel is described as being white, 5ft 11 tall, of a large build and has short hair. He was wearing dark coloured trousers with a lighter coloured long sleeved shirt.
Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 999.
Timeline of Nigel Kedar's movements
It has been one month since Nigel Kedar was last seen and this is what we know about his movements so far.
Nigel drove to Norwich in his Peugeot on Sunday, April 2 for a night out with a friend and stayed at his friend's house in the city.
On Monday, April 3 he appeared at Bethel Street Police Station in the city over concern for the welfare of another person in the property he was staying but the person was found to be safe and well by officers.
Nigel was then seen at 10am by the same officers before he was reported missing by family later that evening. The last contact he had with someone was when he called his work colleague to say he would not be coming in.
Police seized his car which was parked on Goldwell Street in the city.
On Tuesday, April 4 Nigel was caught on CCTV in Long Stratton at 6.30am. He walked south along the A140 and was spotted in Pulham Market before the last sighting of him in Dickleburgh at 9.30am.