Police reveal CCTV showing the last known movements of missing reveller, 28, feared to have drowned on his way home from a nightclub 10 days ago as TOWIE stars join in the search for him
- Jack Morrad went missing after a night out in Basildon, Essex before Christmas
- Police have today released the last known footage of him around 2.30am
- Officers are preparing to drain a pond at a local park as part of their search
Police have released CCTV showing the last known movements of a clubber who went missing before Christmas, as they prepare to drain millions of gallons of water from a fishing lake in the search to find him.
Jack Morrad was last seen at 2.30am on Sunday, December 23 less than half a mile from Gloucester Park in the centre of Basildon, Essex.
Stars of Towie, Love Island and Rylan Clarke have all joined in the social media campaign for information after the 28-year-old was last seen leaving the town’s Colors nightclub.
Police have released CCTV of the last known movements of missing Jack Morrad
After combing the park, police say that the six-acre lake, created more than 50 years ago and popular with local anglers, will be drained so that search can be extended.
Newly-released CCTV footage shows Jack walking down a road close to the park, which his family and friends have also searched.
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Specialist teams have been searching the waters over the weekend but work will start today on draining the main fishing lake – which will take 48 hours.
Neither family nor friends have seen Jack since two days before Christmas
When last seen Jack was wearing a Barbour jacket and a Christmas jumper with a reindeer on it. He is described as white, 5ft 11, slim, with short brown hair.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Pitcher said: ‘After prolonged investigations over the past nine days, one of our main lines of enquiry remains that Jack’s movements led him to Gloucester Park.
‘Officers from across the county, volunteers from Essex Search and Rescue, and specialist teams, have worked over Christmas and New Year to try and piece together what we believe are Jack’s last known movements.
‘We will continue our search for Jack by draining the fishing lake. Night fisherman have told us they heard a man in the area of the lake at around 2am and, to further our enquiries, we need to do a thorough examination of the fishing lake.
‘The draining will be led by the Environmental Agency, who will ensure that minimum disruption is caused to the nature in the lake and its surroundings.
‘This is not a decision we have taken lightly and I cannot imagine the pain Jack’s family are feeling today. Their bravery and determination throughout this search has been commendable, and I hope that our ongoing enquiries will give them the answers they need.
‘I would like to thank everyone in the local community for coming together to support our efforts during this difficult time.
‘The public support in this case has been overwhelming. To everyone who has supported Jack’s family, made fliers, or taken part in searches around the town ~ thank you for your hard work, your hope and your dedication.
The search centres on Gloucester Park in the centre of Basildon, Essex (pictured)
DCI Pitcher added: ‘Our investigation has identified a sighting of Jack in Blake Avenue around 2.30am. We are still keen to hear from anyone who lives or was driving in that area and has available CCTV or dashcam footage, which shows from 1am to 6am on December 23.
‘We are asking people to check their gardens and sheds for any signs that someone may have taken shelter there.
‘I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Jack in the town centre and may have information as to which direction he went. We would ask drivers in the town with dashcam to check your footage and get in touch with any believed sightings.
‘I hope the ongoing search can provide us all with much-needed answers over the coming week.’
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