THE search for missing Caernarfon 21-year-old Johnathan Edwards has been scaled down by North Wales Police after no recent reported sightings or intelligence.
Sergeant Rhys Gough, at Caernarfon Police Station said: “Despite all our, and Johnathan’s family and friends efforts to find him and in the absence of any sightings or ‘signs of life’ it’s becoming increasing clear that Johnathan may have ended up in the Menai Straits, therefore making further physical searching of the area both impractical and sadly futile.
Johnathan, known to family and friends as ‘Jono’ left his home shortly after midnight on Sunday, March 19.
Police enquiries indicated a short time later that he was in vicinity of the Menai Bridge, his last known place of contact.
An exhaustive search proved fruitless, despite the efforts of police, police search specialists and dogs, coastguard helicopters and the RNLI
"We are now sadly awaiting the ‘recovery’ of his body. We have therefore held a very difficult and distressing meeting with Johnathan’s mother and wife to fully outline our rationale behind this decision, to seek their support and to reassure them the ‘investigation’ will remain open until Johnathan is reunited with them,”
Speaking on behalf of the whole family, his wife and mother wished to pass on their sincere thanks for all the support and kind words they have received but asked they all now be allowed time and privacy to come to terms with what has been a hugely distressing and devastating time for them.
They both said: "Jono was a lovely and loving son, husband, father and brother and the last two weeks our lives have turned upside down.
We are all devastated but very grateful to his friends and local community for the support given to police and the publicity in helping us try to find him however we are now asking for time and privacy so we can support each other through this very difficult time”
North Wales Police are not treating the matter as suspicious, but if anyone can assist please contact North Wales Police via the web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.
Alternatively phone Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote Missing Person Ref 17665.