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Hunt widens for tot Liam.

Baffled police last night stepped up the search for a missing 13-month-old boy and his grandfather.

Liam Evans and his grandad Gwilym Evans, 61, who is a retired police inspector, disappeared on Thursday afternoon.

Detectives are widening the search from the family's home town of Old Colwyn, North Wales, and police forces and port authorities across the UK have been put on alert.

Police fear Mr Evans may have suffered some kind of mental breakdown, or possibly suffered an accident.

They have urged the public to watch out for Gwilym's car, a maroon Vauxhall Vectra, registration number P59 HEY, and to search outbuildings. The alarm was raised at 6pm on Thursday by Gwilym's wife, Barbara.

The grandparents had been caring for Liam while his sister, three-year- old Sophia, went for a hospital appointment with parents Gary and Ruth.

At around 3pm, Gwilym took Liam out as he was getting boisterous.

The pair were seen at a petrol station near their home by a friend, who said the former Special Branch officer appeared to be acting normally.

A police spokesman said: "A normal Gwilym would not have disappeared like this.

"His family say that he was not depressed or distressed.

"We are baffled and have to consider the possibility that something has happened concerning mental health, or that he has been involved in an accident."

The officer leading the search, Detective Superintendent Eric Jones, said Mr Evans, who retired in 1986, was known as a doting and loving grandfather.

Mr Jones said the search was being hampered by the terrain. "North Wales is very wooded in parts, with some very dense forests," he said. "If a car was parked there, it would not be seen from the air.

"It is possible it is parked in such an area and it is also possible that it could be parked in an outbuilding somewhere and that is why I would like people to examine their property."

More than 100 people, including many volunteers, have joined the hunt. Two helicopters are being used. Police are also making inquiries in Shropshire, where Mr Evans spent a holiday.
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Author:Young, Fiona
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 16, 1998
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