Family reissue appeal to find missing pensioner a year since his disappearance

PUBLISHED: 09:24 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:45 23 September 2016

Brian Smart

Brian Smart


Brian Smart was last seen at his home in Abbey Wood

The family of missing pensioner Brian Smart have reissued an appeal on the anniversary of his disappearance.

The 86-year-old was last seen by his family at his home in Abbey Wood at around 7.30pm on September 22 last year.

He was reported missing the following day at around 8pm.

Despite numerous appeals, including a £10,000 reward for information made six months ago, no trace of Mr Smart has been found.

Son Mark Smart, who lives along the same road as his father, said: “A year on and we are all still unable to come to terms with the disappearance of dad.

“We carry on with our day-to-day lives but dad is always in our hearts and on our minds.

“We miss him dreadfully and still have no idea what happened to him. The fact that he was a lovely man who had no enemies or health problems is what makes this all so hard to cope with.

“The family are once again appealing for any information about the disappearance of dad. Anything at all that could help the police with their investigation.”

CCTV footage spotted the grandfather at Bluewater shopping centre on September 21, and he is known to frequent Bexleyheath, Dartford.

A neighbour also saw the pensioner, who walks with a stick, at his home on September 23 at around 10am.

But there have been no sightings since.

He is not thought to have had any money or an Oyster Card with him at the time he disappeared.

Police released images of a watch, a mobile phone and a jacket in the hope someone may have found them, but none of these items have been traced so far.

DCI Mike Balcombe, said: “During the time Brian has been missing, he has missed Christmas with his family and many other significant milestones.

“His family has been consumed by the search for him and feel their lives cannot move forward until they know what has happened.

“I would appeal to anyone who has not yet spoken to us to come forward as soon as possible.

“They may have a small piece of information that at the time of Brian’s disappearance they thought was insignificant but actually this could prove to be a valuable piece of the puzzle to piece together what has happened to Brian.”

It is believed at the time of his disappearance he was wearing a beige or cream jacket which is featured in the CCTV footage taken the day before he went missing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Greenwich on 020 8284 7712 / 13 or 07770 825571. Alternatively call the police non-emergency line 101.

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