A MISSING Golcar man is featuring in a new billboard campaign as his relatives bid to keep the search for him alive.
Steven Cooper vanished from his Scar Lane home on the day of his 47th birthday in January 2008.
His car was found a week later in a remote area of Scotland near Loch Laggan.
Part of the loch was scanned using Sonar and the area was scoured by a specialist RAF search and rescue helicopter and the highly experienced Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, but no trace of him was ever found.
Now a fresh bid to find Steven has been launched as part of a UK wide missing persons billboard advertising campaign.
In Yorkshire, posters will be displayed at hundreds of locations including, dozens of pubs, gyms, shopping centres and motorway services.
Steven’s poster features his sister Trish Cooper from Holmfirth asking members of the public to donate £5 to help keep the search alive.
Trish said Missing People had recommended putting a female relative on the poster as it usually got a better response.
She said: “It’s just fantastic, it’s such huge coverage, which is what we need as we’re so desperate to find him.
“We’re so lucky we were chosen as there’s thousands of people out there in our position.
“If he’s not up in Scotland, if he’s out and about on the streets, it could be one of those people in the pubs that comes out and sees him.
“It was 15 months since he went missing yesterday and I just want him found.
“That’s a hell of a long time to be thinking and worrying about someone for every single day.”
Alison Cowan, Director of Fundraising and marketing of Missing People, said:
“It is vitally important that we raise awareness of missing people from Yorkshire, whilst continuing to support the families they leave behind.
“Please help us to keep the search alive.”
Trish is organising an auction at New Mill Club on June 13 to raise more cash. Manchester United, Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday are among football clubs to have donated memorabilia.
And Leeds Festival organisers, Festival Republic, have donated a pair of VIP weekend tickets which have already received an opening bid of £500.
To support the campaign text STEVEN to 82010.
Each text costs £5 with the money going to the charity Missing People.