Police step up search operations for missing man who ‘vanished’ on a canal walk in Worsley
Peter Baglin went missing on the night of 28 December 2022.
Officers have stepped up search operations for a missing Manchester man who left home one December evening last year and never returned.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed that Peter Baglin left home to go for a walk on the evening of Wednesday 28 December 2022, and was last seen on CCTV at a garage in Mosley Common near Worsley that same night – before his phone, hat, and headphones were found on a towpath beside the Bridgewater Canal the following day.
Peter’s wife, Michelle Baglin – who made a desperate plea for his return last month – reported him missing when he didn’t return home.
But since that day, just over two months later, there still haven’t been any sightings of him.
In the initial period after the 55-year-old was reported missing from what has been described as his “favourite walk”, extensive police searches were carried out along the canal towpath, between the Moorings and Astley Point, and adjoining fields and woodland areas – including by teams specialising in mountain rescue, underwater searches, and drones.
Michelle has also organised her own searches along the Bridgewater Canal, which have seen hundreds turn out to help try and find him.
After no success with previous search efforts, GMP has confirmed that yesterday (2 March), the Police Search Advisors (POLSA) team have stepped up their searches by returning to the canal to carry out a further search, together with mountain rescuers searching the surrounding area, and the underwater dive team – with the drone having also been re-deployed.
“These searches will continue over the next couple of days,” GMP confirmed.
Senior Investigating Officer Michael Sharples, from Salford’s CID, says the stepped-up search efforts are just one line of enquiry the team is following as “there is no evidence to suggest the whereabouts of Peter at this time.”
“At the time Peter went missing, there were extremely low temperatures and not much boat traffic on the water,” he continued.
“This part of the canal is very unique, and as such, changes in temperature and the fact the season is changing, can impact on how the water behaves, so due to this, we have decided to carry out the search again, and we will also have the drone back in the air – which is used to access areas that are harder to reach on foot.
“Not only will we be carrying out these searches, but we will be looking for even more CCTV and ring doorbell footage.”
He explained that GMP and specialist officers are continuing to work closely with Peter’s wife and his family, and added that they are “grateful to the multi-agency response” they’ve received over the last few weeks.
While GMP “continues to follow up on every lead given”, it has also reinforced its appeal to the public and is urging people to “take another look at any footage, just to be sure.”
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Anyone with any information on Peter Baglin’s whereabouts is urged to contact GMP on 101 or through the LiveChat Function on the website, www.gmp.police.uk – but if you’re unsure about coming forwards, you can also pass information on anonymously through the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
Featured Image – Family Handout (via GMP)