2:45pm Friday 6th July 2012
POLICE officers trying to find missing Timperley man Christopher Brahney believe the phone he was desperately trying to find before his disappearance could be in Edinburgh.
Christopher, 22, was last seen by friends at about 11.30pm on Friday, June 29, when he was at the Stone Roses concert in Heaton Park, Manchester.
Officers have since carried out a number of inquiries to trace him.
A major effort has also been made by Christopher's friends and family to raise awareness, and they have been supported throughout by specially trained officers.
The investigation has now led the police to believe that Christopher used the Park and Ride facility at Bowlee Park, Heywood Old Road, towards Middleton. He could have been at Bowlee Park shortly before midnight.
Further inquiries have also revealed that he may have been seen outside the MaccabI Sports Centre on Bury Old Road at about 12.05am.
Detectives are also asking members of the public and businesses to search outhouses or on top of small buildings for any sign of Chris having tried to lie low there that night.
Christopher is white of slim build, with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue top, light blue shirt, maroon trousers and green wellington boots.
Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes said: "This time a week ago Chris was looking forward to seeing one of his favourite bands in the flesh. Today, we have no idea where he is and his family are, understandably, fraught with worry as to his whereabouts.
"The public response to the appeal to find Chris, which has largely been orchestrated by his friends, has been fantastic and generated a number of lines of inquiry for us.
"We now have a number of leads that we are pursuing and while we cannot say for sure where Chris went after he was seen by his friends, a picture is emerging of a young man who was lost, separated from his friends and trying to make his way home.
"The potential sighting near the Maccabee Sports Centre suggests that Chris could have been trying to work his way back to Heaton Park, and I would urge anyone who may have been in this area at this time to get in touch if they think they can help.
"We have also now had an indication that Chris' phone may be in Edinburgh. This is the phone that Chris was trying to find when he went missing.
"I do not want the public to jump to any conclusions as to the significance of this; at this stage all indications suggest that someone else now has this phone in their possession.
"I would urge that person to come forward. I want to reassure him or her that they are not in any trouble with the police. All we are interested in is what they know and they may well have information that is vital to this inquiry."
* Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7652.
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