Fears grow for man missing in Northumberland

Have you seen this man? Police are looking for Kilian Wolfgang Ruthlein.
Have you seen this man? Police are looking for Kilian Wolfgang Ruthlein.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for a man missing in Northumberland.

They have been searching for Kilian Wolfgang Ruthlein, from Germany, since Friday afternoon when they received a call from a member of the public who had found clothing next to Kielder Reservoir.

Officers attended and found ID among the clothing belonging to the 26-year-old, from Darmstadt.

His family and police are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare and would like to hear from anyone who recognises Kilian or who may have seen him in the days leading up to Friday to call police straightaway.

Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “Searches to locate Kilian have been underway since Friday afternoon and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“Officers remain in Kielder this morning and are joined by the Marine Unit and Forestry Commission who are conducting searches of the reservoir and the surrounding areas.

“Kilian was reported missing in Germany on August 11, and we believe he may have been in the UK as a tourist for some weeks now and has also been in the Inverness area of Scotland before coming to Northumberland.

“We believe he stayed overnight at a B&B in Otterburn on Wednesday, October 14, before leaving at 9.30am on Thursday, October 15.

“We urge anyone who may have seen or spoken to Kilian in the days leading up to Friday to contact us as you may have vital information to help.

“Officers have made contact with Kilian’s’ family who are being kept fully informed of our search progress.”

Kilian is around 5ft 9inches tall and of medium build.

Police believe he may have been in the Kielder area in the days leading up to Friday and are appealing for anyone who has seen him, or who has any information as to his whereabouts, to contact them as soon as possible on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 505 16/10/15.