POLICE investigating the disappearance of a school teacher have searched a dene following a desperate appeal by his family.
Darren Blyth, 55, was last seen on Wednesday after he went to Hawthorn Dene, not far from his home in Trimdon Station, County Durham, telling his family he was intending to take photographs.
Mr Blyth, who is a biology teacher at Stokesley School, has been married to his wife Mel for 13 years and has two daughters, Abigail, nine, and Katrina, 36.
Mr Blyth’s disappearance sparked a major search, involving helicopter, aircraft, drones, and nearly 100 people.
His family have been out helping to put up posters appealing directly to him and have been seeking advice from bushcraft expert Ray Mears, with whom Mr Blyth was friends.
They have also released CCTV images of Mr Blyth arriving at the dene on Wednesday evening.
He left his home in Trimdon Station, County Durham, at around 7pm on Wednesday, stating his intentions to take photographs at Hawthorn Dene.
Police have today conducted a search at the quarry following a desperate appeal by his family.
Katrina Blyth, who made a direct appeal to her dad, said: "Dad, the last thing you said to me was, 'Thank you, It’s good to have people you can rely on'.
"There isn’t a problem that we can’t solve, together as a family.
"We can get through anything as long as we’re together. Mel, Abigail, Alex, Tamzin, Sean and I just want you home safe. Please get in touch to let us know that you’re ok. We love you so much."