FIVE weeks after 24-year-old Portrush man Dean Patton went missing, police retraced his last known steps in a bid to jog the memories of locals in the Co Antrim town.
PSNI officers revisited the Ramore Head area on Tuesday before handing out leaflets and posters with information about Dean in the Eglinton Lane area.
Dean, who is 6ft with dark hair and a tanned compexion, was last seen at around 2pm in Portrush on Tuesday, July 24 wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.
Detective Inspector Sean Fitzpatrick said: “We were following up inquiries in relation to sightings we had of Dean.
“It was a return-to-scene to jog people’s memories and try to move the inquiry on,” he said.
Yesterday, his uncle Gerard Patton said his parents Linda and John were “really, really distressed”.
Speaking from the family home he said: “It has been five long weeks today since Dean went missing and there has been no sign of him since. He didn’t have his mobile and his bank account hasn’t been touched.
“Detectives have just left here after talking to Linda and John. It has been an ordeal for them. We are hoping this will jog someone’s memory.
“Dean can’t just have disappeared without anyone seeing him. Portrush is a wee busy place and someone saw him.”
Mr Patton, from Londonderry, said his nephew was “well respected in the town”.
“They are a brilliant family and I am not just saying that because they are my relations.”
Last week a small drone aircraft was used to search the coastline in a bid to record high definition images of Ramore Head from three different altitudes.