THE mystery disappearance of a Huddersfield man deepened today.
Police revealed that Dariusz Michalowski – missing for almost two months – had left behind many of his possessions in his Birkby home.
And the property included his passport, making it highly unlikely that the 44-year-old has left the country.
Mr Michalowski did have an EU identity card, which may have allowed him to leave the UK, but police confirmed they had carried out checks on airports and ports with no trace of him.
They are baffled by his disappearance, as are members of his family both in the UK and in his native Poland.
Mr Michalowski was last seen by a cousin at his home in Macaulay Road in Birkby, on Sunday, March 13, at about 2.30pm.
He told his relative that he was visiting friends in the Lockwood area but did not return home and has not been seen since.
Police have carried out extensive checks all over Huddersfield, liaising with members of the Polish community, but have found no sightings of Mr Michalowski.
At his home, police found many of his possessions and nothing to suggest he was not due to return.
A spokesman said: “With an EU identity card he could leave the country but we have found no evidence that he has.
“We know that he has links with people in other parts of the UK, but no-one has seen him.”
Mr Michalowski has been in the UK since last October.
When he arrived he took up a job as a gardener on the Nostell Priory estate near Wakefield and lived in that city.
In the New Year, he lost the gardening job and moved to Birkby to be nearer friends and family in Huddersfield.
He has been working for an employment agency with labouring and gardening jobs.
Mr Michalowski is a Polish white man, 5ft 5in tall and of slim build. He has receding black hair and is generally clean shaven. When he was last seen, he was wearing a black and grey jumper, dark coloured sports trousers and a black sports cap.
The inquiry is being run by West Yorkshire Police missing persons unit and anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Pc Malcolm Cook or Huddersfield CID on 0845 6060606.