Fears for policeman missing from home

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the well being of Buxton man Tim Frohwein who has not been seen since Sunday. Photo contributed.
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the well being of Buxton man Tim Frohwein who has not been seen since Sunday. Photo contributed.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for a Chief Inspector who has been missing from his home in Buxton since Sunday afternoon.

Tim Frohwein, 48, is believed to have gone out at around 1.20pm and colleagues at Derbyshire Police say his disappearance is “totally out of character”.

Mountain rescue teams from across the High Peak and beyond have joined police in the search for Mr Frohwein, who is chief inspector for Chesterfield and the Amber Valley. He has recently undergone knee surgery.

Police said there had been a positive sighting of Mr Frohwein by someone he knew on the old Roman Road at 1.30pm on Sunday.

They added that there were a number of off-road bikers and a group of 20 ramblers in the area at the time, and appealed for them to call police on 101 with information.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “We know at that time there were several off-road bikers and about 20 ramblers in the area and we are sure they will have seen Tim as he walked into the countryside.

“We have no idea which route he took so it is vital that we talk to people who saw him.

“This is completely out-of-character for Tim and as the weather has been so cold recently we are very worried about his welfare.”

She added: “We have carried out extensive searches, with the assistance of the local mountain rescue teams, who as they always do, have given us their full support.

“I would be very grateful if anyone who has seen Tim since he went missing to contact us. And I’d also like to appeal to Tim himself to get in touch. His family are very worried about him.”

About 180 mountain rescue personnel from the Buxton, Edale, Kinder, Glossop and Derby mountain rescue teams together with search and rescue dogs and a tracker dog were deployed on Sunday night and Monday into a number of priority search areas in the Goyt Valley, Grinlow Woods and Country Park and the fields and woodland near to Mr Frohwein’s home, including Burbage Edge and Terret Wood.

Mr Frohwein, who is six foot three inches tall, was wearing a three quarter length dark coat, pale blue shirt and brown jeans. He may be carrying a walking pole. He has short dark hair and wears glasses.

The search for Mr Frohwein continues.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101.