PIANIST Geoff Bottomley has now been missing in Switzerland for four weeks with no news as to his whereabouts.

Mr Bottomley, of Cowlersley, was last seen exactly four weeks ago after setting off for a walk in the Wengen area of Switzerland.

But the 71-year-old failed to return to his hotel and has not been seen since.

Posters have been put up in the village of Lauterbrunnen and searches have continued.

His nephew John wrote on a website: “We have been in contact with the Swiss police, as well as the British police since day one and they are being a huge help.

“The Wengen rescue helicopters were used early on in the search.

“We now think that maybe the jacket we thought Geoffrey was wearing, he may not of had with him.

“I have read about a search this weekend for Geoffrey, if anybody could tell me more about this, I would be very grateful.”

The pianist is an experienced walker and was on a walking holiday in Switzerland, a country he’d visited before.

He is believed to have had breakfast and then gone for a walk in the lower area of the Alps.

A large-scale search with a helicopter and dogs was launched but Mr Bottomley is still missing without trace. He is thought to have taken his mobile phone out walking with him, but calls to it by friends indicate it was switched off or the battery had stopped working.

Mr Bottomley is known as a talented accompanist by many amateur dramatic and musical groups in the town.