Community stages second night of local searching for missing Matthew Jordan

The Westmorland Gazette: Matthew Jordan, 20 Matthew Jordan, 20

LOCAL people will tonight stage another search in the ongoing hunt for missing Middlesbrough man Matthew Jordan.

A search will take place of Selside with those taking part meeting at Morrisons car park from 6pm at the former JJB Sports store.

People can also meet for a search in Windermere at Goodly Dale Primary School between 6-6.30pm, which is being held every night, and then on Saturday and Sunday from 10am.

Organisers have asked people to bring a torch and wear high-visibility clothing if they have any as well as stressing that any dogs must be kept on leads.

Bridget Wood, 43, of Windermere, and Daniel Green, 31, of Kendal, have stepped forward to co-ordinate local residents who have been wanting to help find the 20-year-old who disappeared in Bowness during the early hours of March 27.

Last night, 150 local people turned out for sweeps of Rayrigg Road and Millerground, Bowness, while volunteer canoiests have been patrolling Windermere, following official searches by diving teams.

Tonight's search will concentrate on the Watchgate area of Selside off the A6 near Shap, which has a family association with the Jordans.

It is also to rule out the possibility the Crimonology student may have been given a lift to somewhere he was unfamiliar with.

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Mrs Wood, originally from Durham, said: "As soon as Matthew went missing we were all really concerned as a community. As a teenager, I lived on Rayrigg Road and having walked that route at all times, I know how dark and dismal it is."

At the weekend, Mrs Wood set up a dedicated Facebook page called Find Matthew Jordan which has gained over 2500 members and used it to circulate a Westmorland Gazette photograph showing the official missing person poster held by his concerned parents Claire, 43, and Bob Jordan, 50.

"No-one is doing this for any glory," said Mrs Wood, "We just want an answer for this family."

Builder Mr Green, 31, who lives in Kendal but grew up in Hawkshead, took part in the police-organised official search and has made contact with Mr and Mrs Jordan, who are expected to join tonight's walk.

Mr Green said: "I thought it would help the parents because obviously they're not from around here. We are very puzzled so we're just trying to eliminate as many areas as we can."

Following the Gazette's circulation of a photograph of Mrs and Mrs Jordan with Matthew's missing poster on Twitter, the hashtag #findmatthewjordan trended in the UK on Sunday night.

It has also been retweeted nationwide more than 2,500 times -including by Geordie comedian Sarah Millican, who shared it with her 1.1 million followers.

A spokesman for the celebrity said: "We hope her tweet will help gather awareness and encourage the local and wider community to help find young Matthew Jordan."

Local businesses in Windermere and Bowness have also been praised for their involvement - providing food, drinks, high-visibility clothing and helping print off thousands of posters and flyers for search teams.

To keep up-to-date with the local search parties, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/714422395245894/

 

 

 

 

 

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