FRIENDS of a missing Blackpool walker are hoping their next search in the Lake District will uncover new information about his disappearance.
Dad-of-three Chay Lancaster, from Layton, has been missing for more than six months after last being spotted getting off a train in Windermere.
The care worker’s heartbroken family and friends are desperate to know where he is and despite no positive leads coming to light recently, they are determined not to give up the search for him.
Close friend Simon Green is planning to visit the Lake District during the Easter break with three other pals Lisa Hughes, John Lonsdale and Paul Warr.
He said: “We go up once a month to hand out posters. It’s very disheartening when you hear nothing back – no clues, nothing at all.
“It’s so strange, nobody is 100 per cent sure what has happened. We just hope one way or another we will hear something.
“Personally I think he is still out there. I don’t think it’s that easy to have an accident and land somewhere where no-one can find you.
“He liked to go up there to see the views, not to go in crevices.”
Mr Lancaster, of Melrose Avenue, was a keen and experienced walker and would regularly go walking in the Lake District.
Mr Green, 42, of West Park Drive, Blackpool, who plays guitar with Mr Lancaster in a band, said: “If he had an accident and slipped we would have expected to see him when all the bracken went back. People go walking and fell running in the area.
“We have known Chay a long time, since we were children. We have done everything together and we can’t give up on him.”
Mr Lancaster went missing on September 11 and is thought to have gone walking in the Langdale Valley after being captured on CCTV images boarding a train in Layton and then getting off in Windermere.
A month later his mobile phone began accepting phone calls.
Police traced the phone to the Windermere area and Mountain Rescue deployed a search team but neither Mr Lancaster nor his phone were found.
There was later a possible sighting of a man matching Mr Lancaster’s description at Euston station but it was later dismissed.
Judy Lancaster, Chay’s mother, from Layton, said: “We’re so grateful to Chay’s friends for giving up their time and continuing the search for him. They are wonderful. Everyone has been so supportive – all my friends and my granddaughter’s friends are a great help to us.”
Mr Lancaster is white, of slim build and around 5ft 10in tall. He has black receding hair, a pale complexion and was last seen wearing a red, round necked T-shirt, beige cords and a jacket.
Anyone with information can contact police on (01253) 293933 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.