POLICE says missing Peel commissioner Arran Kaighin has made ‘infrequent contact’ by text message with family members since he vanished.
Officers say they are still treating the case as a missing person’s inquiry. But they say the search has been scaled down and in some areas suspended altogether.
Concern remains for the welfare of 43-year-old Mr Kaighin, who was reported missing on Thursday.
A major search operation was mounted by the emergency services.
A police spokesman said: ‘The police are still appealing for information relating to the whereabouts of Arran Kaighin who was reported missing on Thursday afternoon.
‘Infrequent contact up to and including Saturday afternoon by text message has been made from Mr Kaighin’s mobile telephone to family members.
‘A search has been conducted since he was reported missing, focusing on large areas. The search has been scaled down and in some locations suspended. He is still being treated as a missing person and hope he returns safe and well.’
Mr Kaighin is described as being 5ft 4in tall with receding short brown hair, and he was last seen in the Peel town area.
When he was last seen he was wearing a brown T-shirt and blue jeans. But officers have now revealed they believe he may be wearing a dark green and black Regatta outdoor coat, dark green combat trousers and old walking boots.
Any information should be passed to Police Headquarters on 631212, or to any police officer. Alternatively call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.