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Daughter’s plea to help find father

Amanda Atkinson is hoping for news of her father, Henry Baines-known as Harry who went missing from Fleetwood on Feb 28th 1989.

Amanda Atkinson is hoping for news of her father, Henry Baines-known as Harry who went missing from Fleetwood on Feb 28th 1989.

A daughter is making an emotional plea for information about her father who went missing 24 years ago.

Amanda Atkinson from Caton is still hoping for the answers she desperately needs about what happened to her dad, Henry Baines.

Next week will mark a poignant anniversary for the 39-year-old mum-of-five who has spent years wondering about her father’s fate.

Henry Baines vanished on February 28, 1989.

Six years after his disappearance, the police inquiry became a murder investigation but – despite four arrests and a cellar at Mr Baines’ Fleetwood home being ripped up – he has never been found.

And now, Mrs Atkinson is appealing for information to help trace him.

She said: “Somebody somewhere must know something – how does an individual just be here one day and then disappear?

“I think as the years have gone on the hope he is alive has lessened. It’s 24 years now and I think with my grandmother dying, if he was alive, he would have come back.

“There’s always a glimmer of hope but it’s dwindling - now I just want closure.

“I would be absolutely devastated if he had been murdered or something unfortunate had happened but at least I would be able to go through the grieving process.

“At the moment it’s constant grieving because I don’t know where he is.”

Mr Baines - known to family and friends as Harry – was last seen alive in the Ship Inn on Warren Street, Fleetwood, on February 28, 1989.

But his disappearance did not become a murder investigation until January 1995.

At the time police said they were 99 per cent certain the 37-year-old had been murdered, but no-one was ever charged and no body has been found.

Mrs Atkinson said: “My middle son is called Harry and even calling his name is a reminder.

“All I’ve got is memories, a couple of photos and Christmas cards he wrote to me.

“I want my dad to come for his tea, look after my kids - all the normal things dads do.”

To mark the anniversary of Mr Baines’ disappearance, Missing People is running an appeal for information.

Anyone who knows anything about what happened should contact the charity by calling or texting 111066.

 

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