SEARCH and rescue teams were last night combing Holme Valley woods with dogs looking for a missing man.
Neil Bryson, 50, a married father-of-two, disappeared from his home in Wadman Road, Scholes, at 6.30am on Tuesday morning.
He was last seen wearing a dark suit with a shirt and tie and a dark brown Barbour-style coat.
The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team was called in as light faded yesterday afternoon to search the Yateholme area above the village of Holme, after police officers and a helicopter were unable to locate the missing man.
When darkness fell, police alerted the mountain rescuers. Fifteen volunteers searched the pitch black woodlands by torchlight well into the night.
The search will resume this morning.
At around tea-time, handlers with five search and rescue dogs from Sarda (Search And Rescue Dog Association) joined the hunt.
Yateholme is a heavily wooded rural area.
It is best known for its Victorian reservoir which has recently been renovated.
The area is popular with hikers, bikers and dog walkers.
Speaking during the search, the Home Valley Mountain Rescue Team’s Owen Phillips said: “We got the call around 3pm and we are searching woodland at Yateholme.
“There are about 15 of us out tonight and we will continue searching to cover all the ground we can.”
Mr Bryson and his wife, Jan, both work in the health service. Originally from Scotland, he used to work at St Luke’s Hospital. He specialises in mental health and it is believed he is now employed in a managerial role in Bradford.
Mr Bryson and his wife have two sons, teenager Jack, a greenkeeper at Huddersfield Golf Club, and Harry, who is in his early 20s and works at racing stables near Wetherby.
The boys are keen cricketers, having played at Scholes Cricket Club for several years. Their mother used to run the club’s junior section.
Two years ago they both joined Slaithwaite Cricket Club’s second team and have just been out on a club tour to Goa and the Mumbai Test match.
Jack has just returned home and Harry flew on to Australia earlier this week.
A family friend said: “Neil is an absolutely smashing guy, a really, really nice fellow. You could not wish to meet a nicer family than the Brysons, they are super.”
Mr Bryson is described as being white, around 6ft tall, of slim build, bald on top and with greying black hair around the side.
Police are appealing for anyone who sees him to call them on 101.