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Richey Manic File Stays Open - NME, 22nd January 2002

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Title: Richey Manic File Stays Open
Publication: NME
Date: Tuesday 22nd January 2002


Family rule out official death declaration

Missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards will not be declared dead on February 1, despite it being the Seventh anniversary of his disappearance, NME can reveal.

Speculation has been growing that the case on Richey would finally be closed this year when it becomes legally possible. Missing persons can officially be declared dead after seven years if no body has been found and there have been no confirmed sightings.

However, it is the family of the missing person who make the decision - and it's unlikely that parents Graham and Sherry and sister Rachel will give up hope that Richey will return alive one day.

PC Chris Coleman, who was in change of Richey Edwards' missing person case until last week, told NME that there were still too many questions still unanswered about the guitarist's disappearance.

He said: "It's totally up to his family, and usually that's only if people want to get access to his bank accounts and personal things like that. But even though there have been no new supposed sightings for years, I think the family will just want the file to be kept open on Richey as a missing person. If any leads come in then they will he followed up."

PC Coleman continued that it is possible to go missing and stay that way, especially if the person concerned goes abroad.

"There has been nothing at all about him since - nothing. It's very strange that there's been no body turn up that matches his description - including his tattoos - but there've been no sightings either. It's a very strange case, very strange indeed."

There have been no confirmed sightings of Richey despite a number of claims that he'd been seen as far afield at the Canary Island and Goa in India.

Lord Lucan, who famously disappeared in November 1974 after allegedly murdering the nanny to his children, was not declared dead until 1999 after a string of possible sightings which continue to this day.

Speaking previously about her son Richey's mum Sherry said: "Until we know for certain that he is no longer with us, we will prau for his safe return."