A search is being carried out by police for missing Penshaw man Anthony Trueman.
The 36-year-old was last seen leaving a home in the Allendale Crescent area at 11.15am on Thursday.
His family have not heard from him since.
He is described as white, 5ft 10ins, of slim build with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a cream padded coat with a hood and dark jogging bottoms.
It is believed that he may have got into a grey Vauxhall Insignia with a registration ending AOB and travelled towards the Chester-le-Street area on Thursday afternoon.
The police are growing increasingly concerned for Anthony’s welfare and are now appealing for anybody who knows his whereabouts, or who thinks they have seen him, to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 353 210121.