Kent

Maidstone missing man Patrick Lamb: Family 'still positive'

Natasha Morgan and Patrick Lamb Image copyright FAMILY PICTURE
Image caption Patrick Lamb's partner Natasha Morgan has been searching for him in Maidstone

Friends and family of a missing man from Kent say they remain positive a week after his disappearance despite no trace of him being found.

Patrick Lamb, 28, was last seen at about 00:30 GMT on 13 December after a night out in Maidstone's Bar Chocolate.

A search of the River Medway by specialist police divers on Friday found nothing.

"The negative search of the river brought us hope and we remain positive," said friend Stacey Attaway.

About 40 volunteers were out in Maidstone on Friday night to raise awareness of Mr Lamb's disappearance by talking to pre-Christmas revellers and pub-goers and handing out posters.

They were joined by his partner Natasha Morgan and the couple's parents.

"We had many words of encouragement and a genuine sadness felt for us," said Ms Attaway.

"Unfortunately our search did not lead to any new information but it did raise awareness and keep his photo in the minds of patrons of the town."

Police flew over a specialist sonar device from Ireland to scan the river. Divers went in after an area of interest was identified, but nothing relating to Mr Lamb's disappearance was discovered.

Image copyright Press handout from friends
Image caption Patrick Lamb (right) with a friend in Maidstone on the night he disappeared

Kent Police said officers had been searching throughout the week and renewed an appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

A spokesman said many people had provided information but a couple of calls had been hoaxes.

"There have been occasions when people have provided information that, when acted upon, has not been truthful," said Chief Insp Susie Harper.

"We are looking for a missing person and it is not taken as humorous when our resources are wasted.

"False information means that officers are detracted from carrying out meaningful inquiries. Our primary concern is to find Patrick safe and well and return him to his family."

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