Surrey

Murder arrests over missing Godalming widower

Bill Williamson
Image caption Bill Williamson went missing days after moving home in early September

A second person has been held on suspicion of murdering a missing 82-year-old Surrey widower who has not been seen for almost a month.

The arrest of a 30-year-old man on Thursday follows the earlier arrest of a woman from the Godalming area.

Bill Williamson, of Miltons Crescent, Ockford Ridge, has not been seen since 10 September.

Surrey Police said they were concerned for his safety and have also issued a missing persons appeal.

His house is currently being searched.

Det Insp Juliet Parker, from the major crime investigation team, said: "At this stage we are dealing with a missing persons inquiry.

"We do have a person in custody but we are keeping an open mind as to the disappearance of Mr Williamson."

'Build a picture'

She said officers were trying to piece together Mr Williamson's movements in recent weeks, and she urged anyone with information to contact the force urgently.

Mr Williamson used to live in Church Road, Milford, near Godalming, but moved to Ockford Ridge in early September.

Det Insp Parker said the last confirmed sighting of the elderly man was on 10 September, and police were anxious to hear from anyone who might have seen or heard from him since then.

"We are trying to build a picture of Mr Williamson's lifestyle and habits, so we are keen to hear from anybody who knows him or any places he may frequent," she added.

"He has not been in touch with any of his friends that we have spoken to and they have said it is out of character for him to disappear."

He is described as white, about 5ft, with a heavy build, a southern accent, and white hair but bald on top.

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