UPDATE: In an update on Monday morning, David's family confirmed that had been found, but sadly not alive. 

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Family and friends of a man missing in Cornwall for just over a week are extending their search area today.

So far the search for David Newby, known to many as Dave, has concentrated largely on the Mullion area, after his car was seen in the Chypons Road area of the village.

It was thought someone could be heard knocking on a door late at night between last Saturday and Sunday, near to the chocolate factory in Mullion, and on Wednesday a dog walker reported hearing a man coughing and sneezing in some bushes, within the fields above Polurrian beach.

However, despite extensive searches from emergency services – including Devon and Cornwall Police, Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team, West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team, and the crew of the Lizard Lifeboat – as well as members of the public, David has yet to be found.

His niece Claire thanked everybody who came out to a search on Friday for her uncle, and said today (Saturday) people were encouraged to look slightly further afield.

Writing on Facebook she said: “Today [Friday] was a huge effort by all that turned up. The volunteers were incredible and brought much love with them in a time of darkness for loved ones connected to Dave and the family.

“Despite not finding Dave and no closer to his whereabouts we fought on. You know who you are and Dave would be proud.”

Falmouth Packet: David was last seen on Friday, November 10David was last seen on Friday, November 10 (Image: Claire Newby/Facebook)

This morning, Saturday, Claire said the public search was continuing, and asked people to cover the Lizard, Gweek and Penryn areas, as well as Mullion still.

She added: “There is no particular meeting point today, please use your own initiative and ideas. Call 999 with any leads.”

Speaking to the Packet on Friday, a friend of the family, Tracy Orchard, who has been helping in the searches, said there had been a possible sighting of David walking from Gweek to Falmouth, which the police were currently investigating.

Tracy said: "We did have quite a confident possible sighting of Dave walking from Gweek to Falmouth on Wednesday, which the police have acted strongly with and are looking at all the cameras around the Falmouth area.

"What we need is another piece of information to confirm he's in that direction before we move over there."

She also urged people to check their sheds and outhouses for the 72-year-old, who may have been trying to shelter from the recent wind and rain, and who could now no longer have the energy to move.

David was last seen in Penzance in the afternoon on Friday, November 10.

He was last seen wearing blue trousers, green wellies and a black O’Neill Ski Coat. He has butterfly tattoos and is 5ft 7in tall, with shoulder-length light brown and grey hair.

Anyone with any information on David's whereabouts, or who thinks they may have spotted him, is asked to call police immediately on 999, quoting log number 443 of 15/11/23.