Detectives have made an anniversary appeal for sightings of a missing St Austell man one year on from his disappearance.

David Adams walked out of his home in Watering Hill Close at 4.50pm on July 3, 2013 and has not been seen or heard from by friends of family since.

David, who was 74 at time, took no personal possessions with him and only a very small amount of money. The disappearance was completely out of character as he liked to spend most of his time at home.

Police have conducted extensive searches and background checks over the last year but thus far have found no trace.

Detectives are renewing their appeal for sightings of David and are appealing to members of the public for information which could trace him.

Detective Constable Louise Richardson, from St Austell CID, said: “David is not known to have ever done anything like this before and these actions are totally out of character.

“The family is very upset and confused by his disappearance and have been through a year of uncertainty with regards to his whereabouts. They don’t know if he is still alive or if he has chosen to keep himself missing.

“We would urge David to come forward and contact the police or his family to let them know he is safe and well. He is very much loved and missed by his family and they are desperate to trace him.

“We are asking for members of the public who may have seen David or have information about his whereabouts to get in touch with police. If anyone recognises David from his picture and does see him, we ask that they keep him in sight and ring the police immediately.”

David is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, of slim to medium build and has short grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a pair of blue jeans, a striped blue and white polo shirt, a red or maroon zip-up fleece top, and black and brown Clarks leather shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log number 698 of 3 July 2013.