Dad ‘vanished without a trace’ after going for a post-Christmas walk4 min read
A husband and grandfather disappeared from his home days after Christmas after saying he was popping out for a walk.
Peter Baglin stood up from his sofa on December 28, put on his coat and stepped out, saying he was going to clear his head. Minutes later he was captured on CCTV buying a bottle of whisky.
He has not been seen since.
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His wife Michelle, who he has been with for almost 30 years, says the couple were “best friends”, describing him as her “rock” and “backbone” since her breast cancer diagnosis.
At the time of writing, there are no leads into the father of two and grandfather of four’s whereabouts.
Also a great-grandfather to one, the Manchester Evening News reports that he often went for walks in Boothstown and Worsley, but has now been gone for a month.
Michelle, who married Peter in 2001, says their relationship was the “best it had ever been” at the time Peter went missing.
He was last seen at Texaco Garage on East Lancs Road, Mosley Common, at around 7:38pm on December 28.
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At 8:15pm he told her over the phone he was on a walk to “clear his head”, saying he was taking a route along Bridgewater Canal.
A selection of his belongings was found day’s later at Vicars Hall Lane in Boothstown, including his hat, phone, bank cards, tobacco, house key and headphones.
She said: "It is always there in the back of your mind. Even when you try and just carry on and be normal, you can't. It's a bit like a bereavement, but there's nothing at the end of it and no answers”.
"How can you live a normal life and think about the future, when your future isn't there beside you? I can't even think that far forward, I have to just take every day as it comes.”
Heartbreakingly, she added: "We are each other's best friends. On our days off, we will watch A Place In The Sun together and can stay there just laughing together and talking. Our relationship was the best it's ever been.
“The kids are grown up – I remember the days we couldn't afford a holiday, it was just £950 at a caravan park."
Michelle has pulled together searches with family and friends to try and find the Salford Royal Hospital worker.
“I can't understand it. It's like every day you are living a nightmare, like you're here, but you're not. I keep asking myself if I have missed anything or not picked up on any signs,” she added.
"I've thought over and over about the night he went missing. There were no signs of him letting me know he was struggling, but I would have known. I'm his best friend and he is mine."
Police have since orchestrated a search operation for Peter with divers searching canals and teams combing through woodland to try and find a trace of him.
"It's as if he's just dropped off the face of the earth. We know nothing, I can't understand how in this day and age with all the technology, CCTV, doorbell cameras and alarms that there aren't any confirmed sightings," Michelle said.
"I had purpose at the start. I was getting up knowing we had a job to do. We had to find him. It's becoming harder as the time goes on. My children have gone back to work and they phone me every day asking for any news. It's heart-wrenching to tell them no."
Peter is understood to be 5ft 10 inches tall, with grey hair, and a tattoo on the left side of his neck that says 'Michelle'.
Officers are asking anyone who may have seen Peter, or anyone with any other information regarding Peter's whereabouts, to contact them on the switchboard 0161 856 8351 or 0161 856 7857, via 101 or by speaking to the independent charity – Crimestoppers – anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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