Heartbreaking mystery of Kevin Judge - it was a year since he went missing

Kevin Judge.
Kevin Judge.

It has been a year since the family of Kevin Judge last saw his face or heard his voice.

Despite a huge search by police, including underwater rescue teams, no explanation to his mysterious disappearance has been found.

Mr Judge was last seen near to his home on Esther Avenue in Lupset when he was dropped off by a taxi driver at 12.30pm on Monday, April 15.

Police investigating his disappearance know he went into his house and later left - but he didn’t take his coat or trilby hat.

Mr Judge’s daughter Lisa Judge, 46, said: “Since my dad’s disappearance nearly a year ago the family and his friends have suffered utter turmoil.

“Everyone, including the police, have done everything possible to try and find him.

“I only hope that one day he will turn up fit and well and if he is reading this, or is with someone who is, we just want to tell him that he is well loved, sorely missed and there is never a moment goes by without him being in our thoughts.”

New pictures of Mr Judge have been released this week in hope of jogging peoples’ memories.

He was 69 when he disappeared and should have celebrated his 70th birthday with his family and friends on March 8.

Mr Judge has four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Ms Judge said: “His birthday was a hard day for us to get through.”

Det Insp Viv Segerius-Allick, of the Wakefield District Police Safeguarding Unit, said: “I have spoken to Kevin’s family throughout the year and understand their suffering and hurt.

“Kevin has now been missing for a year but we continue to do all we can to find him. As long as he remains missing we will keep looking for him.

“We need people to help us. Did you see Kevin that day? Or have you seen him since? Hopefully the new photo of him and the CCTV stills from the city centre will help anyone out there who has that missing piece of information we need.

“All we want to do is reunite a dad and grandad with his family who miss him greatly.”

Mr Judge is white, 5ft 7in tall, of slim build and with thinning mousey-coloured hair worn in a slicked back style. He walks very slowly and had a distinctive full beard when he went missing.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.