Almost two years to the day of his disappearance and, spookily enough, in the same week that the Manic Street Preachers cleaned up at the Brits, the tabloid press reported a "sighting" of missing Manic, Richey Edwards
Vyvyan Morris, a 48 year old Welsh college lecturer and musician, claimed to have spotted Edwards in a market in Goa, India on November 6 of last year, but said no one was interested in his story at the time.
"I can't be 100 per cent certain," Morris told NME after the story broke, "but I'm sure it was him."
Describing Edwards as "wearing a kaftan top and jeans" with matted and longish hair", Morris said another hippy identified the person he took for Edwards as "Rick", a "newcomer" to their scene.
Although the authorities have not ruled out the possibility that Edwards is still alive, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police downplayed the Goa lead, claiming "Richey Edwards left behind his passport when he disappeared and we have established that no replacement passport has been issued in his name."
"Police checks are continuing with the Indian immigration authorities, but if he's there under a false ID, it would be very difficult to track him down."