THE FRIENDS of a man missing for more than 18 months have been in Eastbourne distributing leaflets appealing for his safe return.
Piers Hopson was last seen in Hastings Old Town in January last year. The 37-year-old has a form of autism and his parents Roger and Dawn believe somebody in the area may be looking after him.
Friends of the family were at ASDA at the Crumbles over the bank holiday weekend handing out leaflets in their bid to find out what has happened to Piers, who, his family say, finds it difficult to interact with people but is gentle and poses no threat.
Piers’ family is offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to his safe recovery and there have been several sightings of him in Eastbourne, Hastings and neighbouring Bexhill.
His father Roger said this week they were still hopeful Piers is alive.
“If Piers was dead, we believe he would have been found by now and because there have been so many sightings from people absolutely convinced it was him, we feel he is being sheltered by someone. We appeal to them to let us know he is safe and well.”
Piers is of medium height and build with dark brown hair and wears glasses.
His sister Abigail has also set up a Help find Piers page on the Facebook social network site.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 07552 690607.