Family appeal issued as search for missing teenager continues

By Twm Owen in Local People

The family of a James Corfield have appealed for any information on the teenager missing from the Royal Welsh Show. 

The 19-year-old, from Montgomery, Powys, was last seen at the White Horse pub in Builth Wells at around midnight on Monday, July 24. Police have said they are "growing increasingly concerned" for James who was reported missing after failing to meet his family at the show on Tuesday afternoon. 

His aunt Gill Corfield, has released a statement on behalf of the family.  

She said: "We are appealing to the public for help in finding our son, James. James was last seen in the White Horse Hotel on Monday night at approximately midnight.  

 “He was in Builth Wells for the Royal Welsh Show and was camping with friends. We are desperate as a family for any small piece of information that anyone may have regarding his whereabouts.  

 “We are beside ourselves as a family and are desperate for news. We are incredibly grateful for the volunteers who are helping to search for him. 

 “We are asking people to look at James’ pictures and try to remember where they have seen him. He was last seen wearing a royal blue Abercrombie polo shirt with a white logo, dark blue jeans and light brown deck shoes.  

 “We love you James, please come back safe." 

Dyfed-Powys Police, which is leading the search, said it is being assisted by the police helicopter and specialist teams including the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team. 

Searches of the river Wye in the Builth area are also being carried out. 

The police issued an update on the search at the showground this afternoon. 

Superintendent Huw Meredith said: “James was reported missing yesterday afternoon after he didn’t turn up to meet his family at the Royal Welsh Show.  We know that James was last seen at around midnight on Monday, July 24 at the White Horse public house. 

“We have now been searching for James for over 24 hours and are growing increasingly concerned. 

 “On behalf on Dyfed-Powys Police I would like to thank the public for their offers of support to help find James, and ask that local people assist the investigation by checking their gardens, sheds and other outbuildings for any signs of James.  

 “I would like to reassure the public that police officers are following all possible lines of enquiry and are being assisted by specialist search teams around Builth Wells, today.  

 “Updates on the investigation will be released on official police accounts.” 

Police are appealing to anyone who has seen James, or has any information on his whereabouts, to contact them by phoning 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. 



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