AN UNDERWATER search has been carried out at Yateholme Reservoir for missing man Neil Bryson.

The married father-of-two disappeared from his home in Wadman Road, Scholes, at 6.30am on Tuesday morning.

Police launched a search and rescue operation and brought in a police dogs unit and the police helicopter to search the Yateholme area above the village of Holme.

Det Insp Neil Benson from Huddersfield CID said: “Searches are continuing following the disappearance of 50-year-old Neil Bryson.

“Officers are searching in the area of Yateholme Reservoir. This includes officers on the ground and also an underwater search team.

“He was last seen at his home address on Wadman Road at around 6.30am on Tuesday.’’

Mr Bryson is white, around 6ft, slim and bald on top with black, greying hair around the side.

When last seen he was wearing a dark coloured suit with shirt and tie and a dark brown Barbour-style coat.

Mr Bryson , or anyone who sees him, is asked to contact police via 101.

Mr Bryson, originally from Scotland, used to work at St Luke’s Hospital, Crosland Moor, where he specialised in mental health.

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 Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team was called in as light faded on Wednesday and searched the pitch black woodlands by torchlight well into the night.

They were joined by Sarda (Search And Rescue Dog Association) and Oldham Mountain Rescue.

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.

Home Valley Mountain Rescue Team’s Owen Phillips, speaking of Wednesday’s search, said: “It was getting pretty cold and slow going on foot. We concentrated on areas the police helicopter could not fly over.

“It’s quite dense woodland.”

He said Holme Valley Mountain Rescue had not been asked to resume yesterday’s search but would assist if needed.