The family of Chief Inspector Tim Frohwein who has been missing from his home in Buxton since Sunday has issued a statement.
They said: “We’d like to thank the police search team, and the mountain rescue volunteers for their ongoing efforts towards finding Dad. We would also like to thank those friends and family praying for his safe return.
“While these thorough searches are going on locally we would also like to appeal to the wider public to assist with any possible sightings or information that may help bring Dad home.
“In his job he used to be the one doing the searching, now it’s all been turned upside down.”
Tim is believed to have left his home sometime after 1.20pm and someone he knows saw him walking along the Old Roman Road out of the town at about 1.30pm.
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.”
Mountain rescue teams from across the High Peak and beyond have been out searching for Mr Frohwein since Sunday afternoon. The search continues.
Tim is six feet three inches tall and has dark hair and glasses. He was wearing a three quarter length dark coat, pale blue shirt and brown jeans. He was probably carrying a walking pole.
Anyone who can help the police investigation should call 101.