A DISTRAUGHT teen daughter made an emotional appeal for information almost four months after her dad’s disappearance.
Richard Dyson was last seen by Bethany Dainty on the evening of Friday, November 15, when he dropped her off in Aston after stopping by her work.
She expected to see him two days later but he did not show up — and has not been in contact with the family since.
“He took me to my boyfriend’s house and dropped me off,” said Bethany (19).
“He didn’t tell me he was going anywhere and there was no reason to believe anything was wrong.
“I thought I’d see him on Sunday as normal. Sundays were always our day.
“He would come and see me, often to eat leftover Sunday dinner.
“He didn’t show up. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but when I phoned him the following day his phone was turned off, which is odd.
“His phone is never turned off. He would always be phoning or texting me and whenever I called him he picked up.”
Bethany contacted the police and an investigation since has included land searches, CCTV checks and a forensic examination of Richard’s telecommunications and his three cars.
But there remains no trace of the 57-year-old after 11pm on Sunday, November 17, when he was spotted walking in his home village of Hoyland, Barnsley.
Bethany described her father as being talented at woodwork and cooking and a keen collector of old items like postcards and cards.
She added: “He’s a really practical man and loves being outdoors. We used to have great fun when I was little, going bottle digging and exploring.
“We used to go out on my quad when I was growing up.
“We were always outside together.”
Richard’s birthday was December 24 — another milestone that Bethany knows he would not normally skip.
She said: “He’s never missed birthdays or Christmas. I’ve never had to miss my dad before and I miss him so much now.
“He’s always been there and now I haven’t seen him for so long.
"If he’s gone somewhere and doesn’t want to come back, then I’d understand that.
“But I just want him or someone to tell me where he’s gone so I know he’s okay.”
Appealing directly to Richard, she added: “Please Dad, if you’re reading this, tell someone where you are or get in touch with me so I know you’re all right.”
Det Insp Neil Coop praised Bethany’s strength throughout the investigation into her dad’s disappearance.
He added: “I commend her for the courage she has shown in being so open and honest about her relationship with her dad.
“She is clearly distraught and desperate for anyone to tell her where her dad is and that he’s all right.
“This lack of contact is breaking her heart and someone out there must know something.
“I’d urge everyone reading Bethany’s appeal to think long and hard about the information they may hold, which could help us locate Richard.
“Even if you only know something very small, it may still help.”
Call 101 quoting incident 459 of November 25, 2019, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you can help.