Re-appeal for information a year after High Peak man’s disappearance

Steven O'Riordan who went missing from Whaley Bridge almost a year ago. Photo contributed.
Steven O'Riordan who went missing from Whaley Bridge almost a year ago. Photo contributed.

DERBYSHIRE police are re-appealing for information about a man who went missing from Whaley Bridge almost a year ago.

Steven O’Riordan, 29, was last seen by his mother at 5.30pm on Monday, May 30, 2011 when she drove him to his house in Old Road, Whaley Bridge, after they had spent the day together.

Police issued appeals to local and national media at the time of his disappearance and distributed posters around the county and surrounding areas in the hope that someone would have seen him.

Reports have been received from around the UK of possible sightings of Steven but unfortunately these have not been confirmed to be him.

Mr O’Riordan has health issues and his family, and police, are concerned for his welfare. Officers believe he may have travelled to the North West of the country because he used to attend a gym in Manchester and he has friends in Stockport.

His mother, Helen, said: “On May 30, after a lovely weekend spent with myself and other close family members, I drove my son Steven over the Derbyshire hills to his idyllic cottage in Whaley Bridge.

“It was a beautiful evening and as we drove we chatted happily about the weekend and our plans for the summer, but those plans never materialised for him because shortly after that he went missing.

“Steven has mental health problems but for the past few years he has been very well and happy.”

Detective Inspector Kevin Morrissey from Buxton CID said: “We would like to re-appeal to the public to look at the photo we have issued and report any sightings of Steven to us.

“Steven was never reported missing to us before so his disappearance was very out of character.

“Steven is very close to his family and they are understandably devastated by his disappearance.”

Anyone with information about Steven’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.