Help plea 24 years after dad vanishes

Police search Mr Baines' home address in Victoria Street and (below) daughter Amanda with a picture of her dad Henry 'Harry' Baines.
Police search Mr Baines' home address in Victoria Street and (below) daughter Amanda with a picture of her dad Henry 'Harry' Baines.
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The daughter of a missing man presumed murdered is appealing for information to help solve the mystery of his disappearance almost 24 years later.

Amanda Atkinson was just 15 when her father Henry ‘Harry’ Baines vanished from his home in Victoria Street, Fleetwood in February 1989.

Amanda Atkinson with a picture of her dad Henry 'Harry' Baines.

Amanda Atkinson with a picture of her dad Henry 'Harry' Baines.

Six years after the father-of-two disappeared the police dramatically upgraded their investigation into a murder inquiry.

Amanda is now urging anyone with information to what happened to the then 37-year-old popular joiner to come forward so she and her family can get closure.

The mother-of-five said: “The worst part about my dad disappearing is the not knowing. I am tortured by the pain.

“If we knew he had died then I could grieve for him.

“He has nine grandchildren he has never met. They all ask questions when they see his picture and ask when they can meet him.

“It’s really awful. Around 18 months ago I got in touch with the police to ask them to look again at my dad’s case.

“It was like one minute he was here and the next minute he had gone. We became worried when we realised he hadn’t taken any of his belongings. All his clothes were there as was his bike.”

Police have spent two decades trying to piece together what happened, but even after four arrests and a cellar at Mr Baines’ home being ripped up and searched, the case remains unsolved.

She said: “For me this is just about getting answers. I urge anyone who has information about what has happened to my dad to contact police.

“This feels like it might be my last chance but I will never give up hoping to find the answers I need.”

Police confirmed the investigation into Mr Baines’ disappearance is still open and being treated as murder.

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