POLICE are appealing for information to help trace a missing man who was last seen in Wool.

John Francis, aged 44 from Bournemouth, was last seen by officers at 3.30pm on Friday (APR 25) walking along the A352 at East Stoke.

He was carrying two large rucksacks and told police he was travelling to the South West via Weymouth.

At 7pm yesterday, two rucksacks were found at a bus stop in Winfrith by a member of the public.

Inspector Matt Baxter, of Dorset police, said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of John. The rucksacks contained a lot of his personal possessions which he would need with him. It is now believed that he might not be feeling very well.

“An empty tent bag was found in the rucksacks so it may be possible that John camped nearby and then continued walking leaving his possessions behind.

“An extensive search has been carried out which was assisted by the NPAS helicopter and officers are continuing with their enquiries.”

John is described as white, approximately six feet tall and very slim with short black greying hair, green eyes and was clean shaven when last seen.

He has a deep voice and speaks with a local accent. It is believed he is wearing blue jeans. Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting 26:397.