A Facebook appeal set up to help find Christopher Brahney, a 22-year-old man who went missing after attending a Stone Roses concert, has already attracted over 100,000 members.
Chris, who works as a barman, and is from Timperley, Greater Manchester, disappeared on Friday, 29 June, after a Stone Roses concert in Manchester. He became separated from his group of friends after setting off to look for his lost mobile phone.
On Thursday, hundreds of people – including Chris’s friends, relatives and some of the members of the “Help Find Chris Brahney” Facebook page – attended a rally in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, at which his father, Stuart, made an impassioned address.
After the event, one of the organisers, Laura Roberts, spoke to Mancunian Matters. She said, “We want everyone in Manchester to know about this and it would nice to speak to people in person, who might know anything.”
Earlier, Manchester Police indicated that his phone could now be in Edinburgh, possibly having been picked up by someone else at the gig.
Friends and family unite
Chris’s father and two of his friends, Joe Higson and Tom Ainsworth, gave an interview to BBC News yesterday morning. “You can’t just disappear but it seems to all intents and purposes that he has. That’s why we need people to get in touch, someone must know something,” they said.
“Help Find Chris Brahney”
The Stone Roses, who only recently reformed and are currently on tour, have also made an appeal. In a statement, the band said, “If you saw Christopher at the end of the evening please get in touch with Greater Manchester Police and spread the word to everyone who came to the show. Our thoughts are with Christopher’s family and we all want to see him back at home safe and sound.”
Manchester Police have issued the following description: “Christopher is white of slim build, with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue top, light blue shirt, maroon trousers and green Wellington boots.”
Detective Chief Inspector Melani Linton, who is leading the investigation, told the BBC, “Christopher’s family are clearly very worried about him and are desperate for any information relating to his whereabouts.”
Manchester Police now believe that Chris used the Park-and-Ride facility at Bowlee Park, Heywood Old Road, towards Middleton, and could have been at Bowlee Park shortly before midnight. Also, there was a possible sighting of him outside the Maccabi Sports Centre on Bury Old Road at approximately 12.05 a.m.
Police appeal for help
In a full statement, DCI Linton added, “This time a week ago Chris was looking forward to seeing one of his favourite bands in the flesh. Today, we have no idea where he is [but] the public response to the appeal to find Chris, which has largely been orchestrated by his friends, has been fantastic and generated a number of lines of inquiry for us."
“We now have a number of leads that we are pursuing and while we cannot say for sure where Chris went after he was seen by his friends, a picture is emerging of a young man who was lost, separated from his friends and trying to make his way home.
Help Find Chris Brahney
“Help Find Chris Brahney”
“The potential sighting near the Maccabee Sports Centre suggests that Chris could have been trying to work his way back to Heaton Park, and I would urge anyone who may have been in this area at this time to get in touch if they think they can help.”
Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 7652
As part of the search effort, Manchester Evening News have mapped out what are understood to have been Chris’s last-known movements.