Ex-Royal Marine vanishes from same town as missing airman Corrie McKeague
A former Royal Marine mysteriously vanished two weeks ago from the same town as missing airman Corrie McKeague.
John Dick served in the Royal Marines for 13 years, and was last spotted in his hometown of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on November 30, around 6.30pm.
His family claim that he might be using his training to “hide away”.
The 37-year-old father-of-two was seen getting onto a train heading towards Ipswich, but no one knows where he got off along the line.
His disappearance comes two weeks after an inquest opened into the death of an RAF gunner who went missing from the same town four years ago.
Corrie McKeague, 23, vanished from Bury St Edmunds in September 2016. There is no suggestion the two cases are in any way linked.
Mr Dick’s family worry he may be “hiding away” over concerns for the welfare of his loved family and friends.
But Suffolk Police have classed Mr Dick as “high risk.”
A Twitter page has been set up to try and help find the missing ex-Marine, with over 200 followers in ten days and the likes of actor Anthony Cotton tweeting about his disappearance.
The actor, famous from starring on Coronation Street, tweeted a photo of John to his 566,000 followers, writing: “John Dick is missing. He’s a @RoyalMarines lad who hasn’t been seen for almost a week.
“Please share this tweet far and wide and help bring him home. He served his country, and I’d like to think it’s now time for his country to serve him.”
As well as this, Mr Dick’s family are reaching out on social media.
Mr Dick’s sister, Amy Hooper, posted on Facebook yesterday saying: “Two weeks ago today, my brother John Dick went missing around 6.30pm from Bury St Edmunds.
“There are signs to indicate that John may be purposely hiding away at the moment.
“Due to his military training, unfortunately for us, that means he’s probably quite good at it.
“He needs to realise that his family are all safe and well, and it really is okay to come home now.”
It is unclear why Mr Dick would think his family are unsafe, but Mrs Hooper added that John doesn’t suffer from PTSD, and that he’s left his young family and wife behind.
Due to his work, having been stationed across the country, he has made a number of friends and could be with any of them, she added.
Mrs Cooper said that he had made an online purchase on Tuesday 1st December, and also his Facebook account was active for several hours in the evening of Friday 4th.
“John had no phone or car, so I feel sure that someone, somewhere has been in contact with him.
“Just please keep sharing this in the hope that he sees it.” She said.
She added that John has strong links to Stevenage and North Hertfordshire.
John’s wife Lorna, posted a heart breaking message on Facebook last week, begging her husband to come home.
She said: “Please John Dick come home.
“We are desperately worried and need you to come home. We can sort everything out together but please come home or make contact with someone.
“We aren’t complete without you.”
Suffolk Police has launched an appeal for information on John’s whereabouts.
He is described as a white male, six foot tall, with short cropped grey hair and short dark brown stubble which is slightly greying.
He tattoos on both arms, a full tribal sleeve on one arm and a full sleeve of Royal Marine emblems on the other.
Officers are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who has seen John or who has any information on where he may be to contact Suffolk Police on 101.
RAF airman Corrie McKeague went missing in the early hours of 24 September, 2016, in the very same town of Bury St Edmunds.
An inquest heard how police believed he climbed into a refuse bin which was later picked up by a rubbish lorry and taken to a landfill site.