Stoke & Staffordshire

Joshua Smith search: Fears for Stone man missing since Tuesday

Joshua Smith
Image caption Joshua Smith was last seen on Tuesday morning crossing over railway lines near his home in Stone

Family have been searching for a missing man who it is feared may have taken a harmful substance.

Joshua Smith, 27, was last seen at 08:30 BST on Tuesday crossing railway lines near his Staffordshire home.

Friends joined his mother and sister to search for Mr Smith, from Stone.

Police said there was some suggestion he had taken a harmful substance and due to "the potential risk of substance transfer" they asked that "no direct physical contact is made" with him.

His mother, Sara Buckley, said: "While there's any chance that we could find him and him still be alive, we just desperately want to encourage people if they've seen him, to let us know."

Image caption Friends joined his family in the search
Image caption Sara Buckley said she wanted to encourage anyone who had seen her son to get in touch

Mr Smith is described as thin, 5ft 10ins tall and has blue eyes.

Staffordshire Police said he "has light hair which is longer on top, a bushy beard and wears glasses".

He was last seen wearing a black three-quarter length coat, black work boots and a mustard backpack.

Related Topics

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites