Son's thank you for efforts to try to find his missing father in Greece (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Son's thank you for efforts to try to find his missing father in Greece
5:40pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
THE son of a Kendal pensioner missing in Greece has said his dad ‘would be amazed’ to see the response the family has received to his disappearance.
It is now three weeks since Roger Bainbridge, 67, went missing while visiting his sister on the island of Paxos, and his relatives still have no clues as to what has happened to him.
His son Iain Bainbridge has thanked both police and volunteers for their tireless efforts to find him, saying, “We have been moved by the amazing offers of assistance.
“One chap offered to travel over to Greece for a week just to scour the land and look for signs of my father. We are amazed by such generosity.
“As a family this experience has reinforced us in many of our convictions – we recognise that money is certainly not the most important thing and can do little to assist in times of real crisis. We have been amazed at the extent to which family and many who are in no way related have been prepared to really put themselves out to assist.
“My dad would be amazed if he could see what has been going on here and the people who have done so much.
“With absolutely no trace of my father we still have hope that there will be a positive but possibly bizarre explanation for what has happened.”
Since receiving the news, Iain, of Scott Bainbridge Sales & Lettings, has been going into his Kendal Market Place office every day.
He said: “This should not be interpreted as a lack of concern but this has been the perfect place for dealing with media and police inquiries.”
Mr Bainbridge has not been seen since September 26, when he took a day trip to Paxos’ neighbouring island of Antipaxos for a walk.
On Tuesday the search party scouring both islands was joined by three team members and two trained dogs from the Legott Menososport Hungarian Search & Rescue Team.
One of the dogs – Lupus – is one of the best search and rescue dogs in Europe and in the past has found missing people two metres underground.
Two senior Cumbrian police officers also flew out over the weekend and are due to meet Mr Bainbridge’s family today.
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