Wife of missing rugby fan Ben Thompson appeals for information

February 5, 2013 3 Comments »

The wife of missing Wales rugby fan Ben Thompson has made a tearful appeal for information at a press conference in Cardiff.

An emotional Jo Thompson read a short statement in front of the TV cameras urging people who may have seen her husband to contact police.

Mr Thompson, 34, has not been seen since Saturday night after watching Wales’ Six Nations opener against Ireland in Cardiff.

A group of around 30 people including Mrs Thompson as well as friends and colleagues, have made the journey from Mr Thompson’s hometown of Haverfordwest to Cardiff to help officers with the search.

And speaking at a press conference in Cardiff’s Leckwith retail park, Mrs Thompson said: “I would like to thank all of Ben’s friends and colleagues for their efforts in helping us to find Ben as well as all the officers involved in the investigation in South Wales Police.

“It just proves how loved he is by everyone who knows him.

“Ben is kind and loving – he is an exceptional friend which is why we have everyone here today looking for him.”

She added: “I would ask anyone who saw Ben after 7pm on Saturday to please contact the police urgently.

“Please help me find my husband.”

Having attended Saturday’s game at the Millennium Stadium Mr Thompson was seen by friends in Mill Lane at around 6.30pm.

Yet he then left a queue for a city centre bar by himself and was last seen walking in the Canton area of the city around 45 minutes later.

New CCTV footage released by South Wales Police earlier today shows him crossing Leckwith Road into Lawrenny Avenue at 7.17pm.

But despite an intense search involving more than 50 officers and specialist police search dogs, horses and the police helicopter he has not been seen since.

Chief Inspector Eddie Ough, who is leading the investigation, said the force was focusing its efforts in the Canton area and deployed expert divers to search the nearby River Ely.

Earlier today, Welsh rugby bosses also called on anyone with information about Mr Thompson to contact police.

And a spokesman for the WRU described the situation as “very disturbing” and pleaded with anyone who may think they may have spotted Mr Thompson to call officers.

He said: “The Welsh Rugby Union urges anyone with information which could be helpful in the search for Ben Thompson to contact the police.

“This is a very disturbing incident and we join with the rest of Wales in offering our support to Mr Thompson’s family at this difficult and worrying time.”

Meanwhile, extensive efforts have been made on social media such as Twitter and Facebook to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen him leaving the city centre.

Ben is described as 5ft 9in tall, with short brown hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing brown leather lace-up boots, blue jeans, and a white shirt with blue thin stripes.

Police this morning thanked the public for their support and information following yesterday’s appeal, and asked anyone who has seen Mr Thompson or has any information which could help in the search to contact the Command Room at Cardiff Bay Police Station on 02920 338 465.

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3 Comments

  1. vanessa February 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    hope he is found safe and well soon

  2. Claire taylor February 5, 2013 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Hope he is ok. I was a lone female trying to get a taxi in town on Saturday night about 11pm. Not one stopped to pick me up. Clearly Ben was trying to get a taxi home, just like me. Fingers crossed for him and his family.

  3. @JessMillerWales February 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Please, please, if you can remember seeing Ben on Saturday or you know anything about his whereabouts, please, please get in touch with the police. We are desperate to find him.

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