Police chief begins to believe that Richey James is "no longer with us"...
Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey James is feared dead by the police chief who's leading the search for him.
Detective Sergeant Stephen Morley told the Sunday Times: "At every street corner there is potentially a Manics fan who would recognise Richey. It was not as though he was lust an ordinary unknown who has disappeared.
"He has drawn no money since he left London's Embassy Hotel six months ago, nor asked his parents for any. In these circumstances, I have to move towards the theory that Richey Is no longer with us." Since the search far Richey began, the police have investigated a handful of reported sightings, but none have proved to be conclusive. "The police have followed up every lead they've had," reveals the Manics' manager, Martin Hall. "and their investigations have brought us no nearer to knowing Richey's whereabouts. There's been a lot of media speculation and rumours flying around, but the facts are that since Richey walked out of the hotel on February 1 he hasn't contacted anyone, and there have been no 100 per cent positive sightings of him."
The remaining Manics — guitarist/vocalist James Dean Bradfield, bassist Nicky Wire and drummer Sean Moore — have now decided to resume work on the follow-up to The Holy Bible', which was voted 'Best Alternative Album'at the Kerrang Awards.
"We've sat dawn and discussed at great length whether to record or not," explains Wire, "amongst ourselves and with Richey's family, and basically decided we would have a go. "We're just going to tel into the studio and see how things go; there's no rush. We've been rehearsing regularly for the last few months, and have over 20 new songs which have been written over the past year. The last six months have been very difficult for us. but we feel ready to start recording."
The Manics have no plans to release any new material or play live this year. Bradfield, meanwhile, is also currently producing Manchester noise merchants Northern Uproar.