'We will never stop searching' - The faces and stories of seven Lancashire people who have been missing for more than a year

Jay Slater is missing in Tenerife
-Credit: (Image: Stan Kujawa)


As police in Tenerife continue the hunt for missing Lancashire teenager Jay Slater, many families are left without clues as to where their loved ones are.

Each year in the UK, 170,000 people go missing from home, with some disappearing on more than one occasion. Many return home within hours or weeks. Some cases end in tragedy.

But the period when they are missing is often described as 'a rollercoaster of emotions' as families try to understand the void in information about their loved ones' whereabouts. Some cases, such as the case of Jay Slater and Nicola Bulley, who was found after falling into the River Wyre last year, capture national headlines, as online sleuths try to dig for clues.

Others receive less publicity but are equally distressing for families left in limbo. The charity Missing People offers free confidential advice to people who have gone missing, or families anyone with the disappearance of a loved one, from 9am to 11pm seven days a week. For advice and information, call 116000 or visit missingpeople.org.uk.

Daniel Hives

Daniel Hives has been missing since December 2022
Daniel Hives has been missing since December 2022 -Credit:Family handout

Daniel Hives was 28 when he was last seen leaving a party in Lancaster. The dad-of-one ran away down the path at the side of the River Lune on December 10, 2022, and has not been seen since. Underwater search teams have checked the river and despite extensive enquiries by police and Daniel's family and friends there have been no sightings. A year after from Daniel's disappearance, his family said they 'feel like they are in a film and can't press stop.' Daniel is 5ft 11ins, slim build and has a tattoo on his neck which says 'Shannon'.

Adrian Wane

Adrian Wane has not been seen since January 2015. Adrian, known as Ady, was 43 when he disappeared. Ady is a homeless man who at the time of his disappearance was well known among the rough sleeping community and frequented the city's soup kitchens. In January 2015, Ady was described as white, stocky build with collar length brown hair and an untidy beard. He has links to Preston and Chorley.

Steven Durand

Adrian Wane
Adrian Wane

Steven Durand went missing from his home in Hornby Avenue, Preston, on October 20 2018. The same day there were two sightings of him in Manchester but he has not been seen since. Steven's family described him as "a kind soul who would talk to anyone". At the time of his disappearance, Steven, 31, was described as white, 5’10”, stocky build with cropped dark hair. He walks with a light limp, due to cerebral palsy, and has links to Preston and Chorley.

Charlene Downes

Charlene Downes was 14 when she went missing from her home in Blackpool in November 2003. She is presumed dead but her body has never been found. Charlene's disappearance sparked national media coverage and an investigation saw two men stand trial for her murder. However concerns over the evidence in the case led to the trial collapsing. A £100,000 reward remains in place for any information which could lead to the conviction of Charlene's killer.

Thomas Billington

Thomas Billington, 66, has not been seen since 2009. The former plumber was well known around Preston city centre but there have not been any reported sightings of him since his disappearance. Thomas, known as Tommy, last lived at the Swansea Terrace Nursing Home in Ashton, and before that at the Alma Hotel on Fishergate Hill.

James Dowsett

James Dowsett has been missing from Preston since 2005. He was 65 when he disappeared from Preston care home, Crystal Hall, Whittingham Lane, Whittingham, on June 18. James, a retired nursing manager, has six children. He was suffering with dementia when he walked out of the nursing home and never returned. A year after he went missing, James' family held a memorial service to mark the anniversary of his disappearance.

Shane Graham

Shane Graham was 26 when he went missing from his home in Lytham St Annes on April 29 2016. Shane, who worked as a landscaper for an artificial grass company, was working at a house on Ansdell Road on the day he disappeared.

He was last seen shortly after leaving the property, walking down Eddington Road towards the Inner Promenade.

His last text message, sent to his boss, was timed at 10.39am. Around £300 rent money had been left in his flat, along with his wallet. He has never been seen or heard from since.

in an appeal for information, Shane's mum said: "There is nothing you could do to stop me loving you. If you think there is then your head is playing mind games."

Subscribe to our daily newsletter LANCS LIVE NEWS and get all the biggest stories from across Lancashire direct to your inbox