The daughter of a man who went missing 35 years ago is appealing to Northampton people for information, after a fresh lead revealed he could have links to the town.
Adele Greenacre was only 11 weeks old when her father, Derek, a manager of a leisure centre, drove his car to a station near their home in Nottinghamshire before boarding a train to London.
Neither Adele, or her mother, Wendy, have seen him since then.
Years of fruitless searching followed, with the family even scouring the pubs of London in search of Derek, who would now be 68.
They had all but given up hope until Adele, now a mother of three, living Cropwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire, set up a Facebook page appealing for information on her missing father.
Within days she was contacted by an anonymous worker for a homeless charity who said he had picked up a Derek Greenacre sleeping rough at St Pancras Station in 2011.
Further investigation revealed the man had the same date of birth as Adele’s father and had suffered a breakdown 35 years before.
Crucially, the family found the homeless charity had sent Derek “back to Northampton” .
Adele, 36, believes that means her father would have been known to people in the town who could help her trace him.
She said: “I’m appealing to anybody who knew him or encountered him, a friend a neighbour. Even if someone worked with him for a few years they might have a clue.”
Adele said her father was 6ft 4 inches, ‘sporty’, with brown hair and a thick London accent. Despite being too young to remember him, her desire to meet her father is as strong as ever.
She said: “I just want to meet him now. I’m not asking for a lot, even if it is just for five minutes. I just want to let him know that I love him.”
If you have any information which could help Adele in her search head to www.facebook.com/helpfindderekgreenacre.