A DISTRAUGHT daughter wept as she pleaded with the public to help her get her dad home for Christmas.
Bethany Dainty (20), of Catcliffe, faces spending a second festive period without father Richard Dyson, who has been missing for 13 months.
She last saw her dad when he dropped her off at her boyfriend’s house in Aston on Friday, November 15, last year.
Richard — who turns 57 on Christmas Eve — was last seen on Sunday, November 17, at about 11pm, walking along the A6135 Sheffield Road, Hoyland, near to Parkside Farm.
Bethany and her dad had a very close relationship and so, after he missed their next arranged meeting, she reported him missing on Monday, November 25.
Since then she has missed spending Richard’s birthday, Christmas and Father’s Day with her dad.
And today, Bethany and her dad would usually be looking forward to having dinner together on Christmas Day.
A police investigation has included land searches, CCTV checks and a forensic examination of Richard’s telecommunications and his three cars.
In an emotional press conference, Bethany said she had been stuck in a horrible situation of not knowing what had happened to her dad.
Bethany said: “I know that this year has been tough for everyone but my struggle has been different than most people’s.
“Every morning I wake up and wonder where my dad is. It’s like a weight that’s constantly on my chest.
“I saw my dad every single week without fail until that day in November last year when he didn’t turn up.
“I miss him so much. He’s a great dad and we have so many memories together.”
Bethany said she was appealing to the community of South Yorkshire for their help.
“Someone must know what’s happened to my dad,” she added.
“Please just come forward, somebody, and tell me what you know.
“It doesn’t have to be directly to the police. There are other ways to make sure they can get the information without you having to give your own details.
“I would just ask that when you start your Christmas celebrations you think of me and my dad and how coming forward could make a massive difference to our lives.
“I just want to say Dad, if you see this, please just let me know that you’re okay. That’s all that I need this Christmas.”
Det Insp Neil Coop, senior investigating officer, said it was unusual for someone to go missing for more than a year without any trace.
“We know that he was very close with Bethany, so the fact that he disappeared of his own free will for such a long time is very unusual and it’s something we are still investigating.
“I’m convinced that the answer lies in that local community, in Hoyland and Elsecar, where Richard frequented and had a lot of his associates.
“I am convinced that somebody in that community knows what has happened to Richard and where he’s gone, and I’m appealing to that person or persons to come forward.
“If you have any information, please, for Bethany’s sake, just tell us.”
Call 101 quoting incident 459 of November 25, 2019, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you can help.