‘Completely out of character’: Missing Stockport man text girlfriend claiming he was lost after leaving NYE party

By Dean Wilkins

A man last seen leaving a New Year’s Eve house party text his girlfriend that he was lost, police have revealed as they increase their search for him.

One week has passed since Michael Simpson, 22, of Heaton Norris, was last seen at a friend’s gathering before leaving at 2am – he contact his girlfriend half an hour later and has not been seen or heard from since.

Mr Simpson left the party on Stockport Road West, Bredbury, and Greater Manchester Police are continuing to appeal to the public for their help in finding the missing man.

Michael’s girlfriend, Jennie Langley, 22, who was with Michael on the night he disappeared, said: “The past week has been incredibly hard for myself and all of Michael’s family and friends.

“For Michael to leave the party without telling either myself or his friends was completely out of character. He is always the one that looks after people when we’re out. Even if I’ve been out on my own, he waits up for me to get in to make sure I’m safe.

“If anyone has any information at all, no matter how small, that they think might help us to find Michael, please come forward and speak to the police.”

Michael is described as slim build, around 5ft 6in tall, with light brown hair and blue eyes, wearing black framed glasses. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a black V-neck jumper with a white T-shirt underneath, blue jeans and white trainers.

Superintendent John Berry, from GMP’s Stockport division, said: “Officers have been searching and speaking to people around the Bredbury and surrounding area, as well as scouring through hours of CCTV to piece together Michael’s movements before he went missing.

“Michael’s family and friends are understandably beside themselves with worry and have also been making huge efforts to raise awareness of his disappearance and encourage people to contact police with any sightings of him.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at Stockport CID on 0161 856 9740.

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