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Richey 'Missing At Christmas' - Melody Maker, 6th January 1996

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Title: Richey 'Missing At Christmas'
Publication: Melody Maker
Date: Saturday 6th January 1996


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Richey Edwards' sister Rachel appeared on LWT's "Missing At Christmas" TV programme on December 22 and appealed to him to get in touch. Richey, guitarist with Manic Street Preachers, went missing almost a year ago, and has not been seen or heard from since.

Rachel said: "I've got so many fond memories of him, being my brother and being so close in age. I've got so many memories.

"My brother is about five feet eight inches tall, of very slim build. Naturally his hair is dark brown, but he had actually shaved it at the time of his disappearance. He's got several tattoos, one of which is a rose which bears the words 'Useless Generation'. He's got very pale skin and dark brown eyes.

"If you are listening, Richard, make contact in whichever way you can. We're missing you. We think about you every day. No one hates you for disappearing"

"We realise that coming back maybe difficult, or even impossible, for you, but if you're in trouble we only want to help in any way we can. We won't make any demands of you. If you've got a new life and you don't want us in it, then please try to get that message across to us."

"We won't think badly of you. We're not critical of anything you have done. We'll try our best to understand."

"Just to say that we're missing you and we're desperate to hear from you today. We're thinking of you, especially today on your birthday"

Rachel added: "Obviously we think about him every day. He'll always be a part of our lives? Richey disappeared on February 1, the day he was due to fly to the States with James Dean Bradfield. He was 28 at the time. He left the Embassy Hotel in London's Bayswater Road at 7am, and drove off in his car, a Vauxhall Cavalier. It's thought he returned briefly to his Cardiff flat before vanishing.

On February 17, his car was found parked at Aust Service Station, near the Severn Bridge. Since then, despite a nationwide search, there has been no due as to his whereabouts.