Police launch appeal to find missing bodybuilder who posted on Facebook

An appeal has been launched to find a missing bodybuilding veteran who posted about mental health on Facebook the day before he disappeared.

Wayne Downey, 37, was last seen on Thursday, September 27, in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

An appeal to find Wayne was posted on Facebook by group All Call Signs, which provides support for servicemen, women and veterans.

It described Wayne as a "missing veteran" and said: "Police and family are becoming increasingly concerned for Wayne’s welfare.

"Wayne is 37, 6ft tall, muscular with fair hair going bald. We believe he is wearing a tracksuit and walking boots.

"Wayne, if you’re reading this, please contact the police or your family and let them know you’re alright.

"PLEASE, if you know anyone in the area, ask them to share this post and keep eyes open."

The post has currently been shared over 1,400 times.

On Twitter, former soldier Trevor Coult MC said he used to serve in the First Battalion Royal Irish Regiment.

"My friend and fellow veteran Wayne Downey is missing," the post said.

"He lives in Belfast and suffers from PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder]."

On Wednesday, the day before he was last seen, Wayne shared a post on Facebook about raising awareness of those struggling with mental health.

"In the most difficult moments of your life you realise who your true friends are or the people who really appreciate you," it said.

"Unfortunately, most friends will send you a "like", but in reality they do not take time to read your status if they see it’s lengthy.

"More than half will stop reading right here, or have already scrolled on to the next post in their feed.

"I decided to post this message in support of every person suffering mental illness and who continues to fight through every day…. Also for the people that lost the battle trying.

"I’m watching the ones who will have the time to read this post until the end!

"Mental health awareness is needed, just because you can not see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Unfortunately there are people suffering and dying everyday.

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"Maybe this small action will affect change, maybe strike up a conversation with someone that wouldn’t normally reach out to you and have them say “They’re not okay”.

"Take time with people… Sometimes they too need someone to just hear them.

"I believe a select few of my friends will post this, to show their support for the realism of Mental Health. You just have to copy and paste (not share). I’d like to know who I can count on to take a minute out of their day.

"Stay positive… Keeping striving to defeat the dark days to enjoy the sunshine.

"Remember.. "To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world"".

A police spokesperson told Belfast Live : "We are seeking the publics help in locating missing Carrick man Wayne Downey.

"The 37-year-old was reported missing on Friday, September 28, and was last seen in Prospect Grove, Carrickfergus, the previous day at around 2pm.

"Wayne is around 6 foot tall, of a very muscular build with dirty fair hair and has a sleeve tattoo on his left arm."

Anyone who sees Wayne or knows of his whereabouts should contact police on 101, quoting reference 333 28.09.18

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