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Richard Dyson’s daughter’s anguish at facing third Christmas without missing dad


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The distraught daughter of a missing Barnsley man has issued a heartfelt appeal for anyone with information to come forward as she faces a third Christmas without her dad.

Richard Dyson went missing on Sunday, November 17 2019.

His daughter, Bethany Dainty, who has previously issued appeals to find him, has now told of her heartbreak at facing another year without answers.

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The 21-year-old said: “I feel like breaking down and crying every second of every day.”

She added: “Every year without him that shock and disbelief just grows.”

Her appeal comes as her family prepare to face their third Christmas without him, as well as his third birthday, with Richard’s birthday falling on Christmas Eve.

Bethany said: “While I am at work it’s hard seeing everyone so happy and excited to spend Christmas with their loved ones and I have to pretend to be happy and put a smile on my face even though I feel like breaking down and crying every second of every day – especially listening to all the Christmas songs.

“It was such a happy time of the year, and now I dread it and I can’t enjoy it anymore. It breaks my heart over and over again.”

Her appeal continued: “Every day waking up and not knowing what happened hurts, it feels like I can’t get any closure not having any answers. Somebody must know something, and I just don’t understand why anyone would keep anything like that to themselves and would put a family through so much pain.

“If you are reading this Dad and if there is any reason you feel like you still can’t tell us where you have gone then just know that you can, I will understand. But I feel like you know all this already.

“The relief and happiness I would feel if somebody does know something and comes forward I can’t describe. All I could feel would be relief.”

Richard Dyson disappeared in November 2019
Richard Dyson disappeared in November 2019

Bethany’s message comes after police arrested two Barnsley men, aged 46 and 48, on suspicion of murder last week.

The arrests on December 16 follow four arrests which were made in March this year of three men aged 43, 51 and 68, from Barnsley, and a 67-year-old man from Rotherham, on suspicion of murder.

All six men remain released under investigation as further enquiries continue.

As they shared Bethany’s plea today, South Yorkshire Police also released footage of Richard the night before his disappearance in November 2019.

A spokesperson for the force said: “The footage was taken in the forecourt of the petrol station on Sheffield Road in Birdwell at about 10.30pm on Saturday 16 November 2019.

It shows Richard pull up in his car, a silver Land Rover Freelander with the registration T321 POW, before entering the petrol station shop. He then returns to his car, opens the bonnet and checks something before driving off.

A CCTV image from the night before Richard's disappearance
A CCTV image from the night before Richard’s disappearance

Detectives are hoping that by seeing this it triggers a memory for somebody who might know where he travelled to next.”

DCI Mark Oughton, leading the investigation, said: “We know Bethany and her family are still being tormented by Richard’s disappearance and are hoping this footage might be a trigger for a memory someone has locked away that might be released upon seeing the footage.

“Somebody knows where he is, and we hope that they might now come forward to bring this ordeal to an end for Bethany and everyone who knows and loves Richard.

“If Richard is reading this, please come forward and let us know where you are. You will not be in trouble and you will be bringing such a huge piece of mind to your friends and family.”

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Written by: Rother Radio News

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