Sussex

Wife of missing Steven Ridgley appeals for his return

Steven Ridgley
Image caption Steven Ridgley had been suffering from depression

The wife of a businessman who went missing from his home in East Sussex two months ago has made an appeal for him to get in touch.

Steven Ridgley, 46, was last seen at his home in Knebworth Road, Bexhill, at about 1030 GMT on 18 January.

Sue Ridgley said her husband had been suffering from depression, but his disappearance was out of character.

Police have been searching beaches, surrounding woodland and local railway lines for Mr Ridgley.

Mrs Ridgley appealed to him to come home, or at least let her and their children know that he was safe and well.

"Steve does everything with his family and the only hobby he has that doesn't involve our three children, is playing golf," she said.

"We have enjoyed so many fantastic family holidays together and right about now Steve and the kids would be planning where to go on holiday this summer.

"Our daughter recently celebrated her 12th birthday and it was incredibly difficult for her not having her father around.

"I am having to remain strong for the children but it has been an unbearable two months just not knowing where he is."

Det Insp Ian Williams, from Sussex Police, said officers with special search training had been combing the beaches and surrounding woodland, as well as checking local railway lines and surrounding areas.

Estate agents in Bexhill have also been contacted and more than 100 vacant properties in the town have been searched.

Mr Ridgley, who is a father of three, is described as white, 5ft 11in tall, with brown receding hair.

He was last seen wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a black lightweight waterproof jacket and white trainers.

He has links to Hastings where he owned a second-hand shop called S J Cash and Exchange in Castle Street, which the family has now closed.

For more than 17 years he ran a market stall in St Andrews Square, Hastings.

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