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Wales Online
Liz Perkins

Family's anguish after Swansea dad disappears 'without a trace'

The family of a man who disappeared from Swansea nine days ago said he has gone "without a trace". David Garwood, 58, who changed his surname by deed poll to Stewart, was last heard from on Friday, April 1.

He told his son Gareth, 28, he was having problems sleeping and was looking to go to the shop. David’s civil servant niece Carla Saunders, 44, from Newport, said his disappearance from his West Cross home was completely out of character.

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She said: “David was living with his son and he saw him last at 5.30pm on April 1. He left and went to his girlfriend’s for the night. [David] later said he was having difficulty trying to sleep and his son suggested he should have hot chocolates and biscuits. He rang his dad back and he couldn’t get hold of him.”

There is no trace of the 58-year-old who is originally from Newport (Carla Saunders)

She added: “Gareth and his girlfriend went back home and he was nowhere to be seen. His phone was still there but his jacket, keys were with him. The dog was loose in the house and it was unusual. They rang the police as David suffers with mental health problems and has done since he was a teenager.

“The police broke into his car and searched the vehicle and checked he was not in the boot. They did a 300 metre search of alleyways and sheds and helicopters went out and the coastguards went out.

“Every day the police have been doing their searches and bringing in sniffer dogs. There’s been no trace of him. It just beggars belief that someone can disappear and there is no single CCTV footage. It’s really not like him. There is no way he would go far. We are worried someone has done something to him.”

Carla said as David is diabetic he is prone to low blood sugar and could lead to him ending up in a coma. She said there was no indication that he would disappear. “David had been out to price up a carpet for the living room and had set up his medication for the morning,” she added.

David has been battling with mental health problems for years (Carla Saunders)

David's step-son Craig, 37, has also been involved in the search. A statement from South Wales Police read: "David was reported missing from his home in West Cross and was last seen yesterday (April 1). He is described as 5ft 11", a slim build, white, short thin hair, stubble, and freckles. He wears glasses and is possibly wearing a blue coat with red lining on the zip."

Have you seen Mr Stewart? Anyone who may have any information to help police in their search is asked to contact the force quoting 2200107766. People can email or calling 101.

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