THE daughter of an elderly missing man has told of her family’s “miserable Christmas” as they prepare to face another week without him.
Andrea Gill, a mother-of-three, of Cleckheaton, and her sister Elaine, from Meltham, have taken it in turns to have their dad Bernard round for Christmas lunch since the death of his wife 21 years ago.
But they were without him at Christmas after he went missing on December 18.
Andrea said: “We didn’t really celebrate, we were a bit miserable.
“I have three grandchildren so we had to try to keep happy for them – they are little and don’t understand.
“My father has 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and he used to enjoy Christmas Day and being with his family.”
She is appealing for revellers to help find the missing 84-year-old, of Stutely Grove, Bradley.
The hope is that people out and about on festive celebrations in Huddersfield town centre on December 18 may have seen Mr Hallas, a former plumber, and not realised he needed help.
He has not been seen since that night, despite a massive police search and efforts by his family to find him.
Andrea added: “We think he was walking down High Street and Ramsden Street from the bus station and hope someone has seen him.
“There were lots of people out and about enjoying Christmas parties and perhaps someone may have spotted him and not realised the significance.
“We would urge anyone who thinks they may have seen my dad to get in touch with the police.
“He seems to have disappeared off the planet – and that’s not possible.”
Mrs Gill said her father had been confined to his home since a fall earlier this month but had previously enjoyed getting out and about.
He was a regular on the bus to Meltham to visit Elaine, and Mrs Gill thinks that could explain some of the confusion.
“We believe he probably saw the bus sign for Dirker, which is in Marsden, and got confused with Durker Roods in Meltham.
“He obviously realised his mistake when the bus reached Marsden and came back to town but then vanished.
“We need people to help us find him.”
Police have released a new CCTV image of Mr Hallas taken on a bus the night he vanished.
Det Insp Phil Benson of Huddersfield CID said: “The CCTV shows Mr Hallas leaving the bus at 8.38pm in Huddersfield Bus Station.
“The last sighting was at High Street at 10:41pm where he was seen heading towards Ramsden Street.
“We have issued this image in the in the hope that it will encourage further people to come forward who may have seen him.
“We are clearly concerned with each day that passes.
“He is an elderly man who requires medication and I would call on local people to come forward with any information, no matter how small or relevant they may think it is.”
Mr Hallas is described as white, around 5ft5in tall, clean shaven, frail and with wispy grey hair.
He was wearing blue check pyjamas, a brown sheepskin coat, a brown hat and black shoes.