Partner of missing man: ‘I just want him home’

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The partner of a man who has been missing from his nursing home for three days has told of her agony.

Kevin Herbert, known locally as Charlie, left Brookview Nursing Home, in Holmley Lane, Dronfield, at about 9.50pm on Wednesday and was reported missing a short time later.

Mr Herbert, 58, who suffers from the rare brain disorder PSP, was receiving temporary care at the nursing home while his partner, Dorothy, recovered from an operation.

Dorothy, 67, of Emmett Carr Close, Renishaw, said: “It’s a terrible time – it’s like playing a waiting game.

“Before he got ill he used to love being outdoors. I just hope he’s still got this survival instinct and is managing to cope despite this cold weather.

“I just want him back.”

She added she believes her partner of 20 years may have been trying to walk home.

Derbyshire police and mountain rescue teams from across Derbyshire have been searching woodland since he went missing.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “Mr Herbert left on foot. Due to the time elapsed since his disappearance he may appear confused.

“Police are focusing their efforts on searching the area of Dronfield and neighbouring Sheffield areas, utilising specialist search teams and working with mountain rescue and partner agencies.

“Officers are also asking residents in the area to check their gardens and outbuildings in case Mr Herbert has taken shelter.”

The dad is 5ft 7in, of stocky build, with short cropped hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a red football shirt and jeans.

Police are urging anyone who sees a man fitting this description to contact them on 101.