Detectives searching for 62 year-old Carl Lake – who went missing in Southport on the afternoon of Tuesday 15th May - are asking for the public’s help to find him.

Mr Lake, who was from the Bootle area, was last seen around 5.30pm in the vicinity of Coronation Walk but hasn’t been seen since.

An investigation remains ongoing and extensive enquiries have been carried out in the Southport area and other areas of Merseyside including searches of open land, the coastline and areas of water.

Officers are concerned that Mr Lake, who was in ill health and considered vulnerable, may have made his way onto private land and are asking local residents and businesses for assistance in checking areas including external outhouses, back entries or alleyways or bin storage areas, particularly in areas around Southport town centre, Meols Cop, Kew, Marshside, Churchtown and as far south as Birkdale.

Detective Inspector Jackie Guinness, who is leading the investigation, said: “We have carried out extensive searches around the Southport area to find Mr Lake and that will continue.

“There is a possibility that Mr Lake has somehow stumbled onto private business/commercial/residential property, specifically around the Southport town centre area.

“I am appealing to residents, businesses and their staff to please consider checking their external outhouses, back entries/alleys, bin areas and hidden nooks and crannies just in case Mr Lake has stumbled into somewhere that would not ordinarily be used or visited with regularity.

“Mr Lake’s family are naturally distressed at his disappearance and we are doing everything within our powers to find him.”

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call 101.


We are re-appealing for information to help find a man from Bootle who has been missing since Tuesday (15 May 2018).

Carl Lake, 62 years, was last seen at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, 15 May in the vicinity of Coronation Walk in Southport.

Carl is described as 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, with thinning grey hair. He also walks with a hunch.

When he was last seen, Carl was wearing a white jumper with navy stripes, a thin navy summer jacket, blue jeans, and navy shoes with tan colour on the sides.

He is known to frequent the Bootle and Seaforth areas.

Carl, or anyone with information as to his whereabouts, is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or the charity @MissingPeople on 116 000.