UPDATE: Body found following search for missing man

Missing man Simon Pargeter
Missing man Simon Pargeter

Police searching for a missing York man believe he may be in the Robin Hood’s Bay area.

Simon Pargeter (35) has not been seen since Sunday (June 30) at his home address in Clifton. At the time he was riding a blue and silver mountain bike.

Missing man Simon Pargeter

Missing man Simon Pargeter

Although police are still searching for him, their enquiries have shown he may be in the Robin Hood’s Bay or Dalby Forest areas.

Inspector Dave Hall, of York North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Simon, I urge you to contact the police immediately, if you see or hear this appeal. Your family are extremely worried about you and just need to know you are safe and well.

“If you would prefer to speak to a police officer, please pick up the phone or go into the nearest police station. You have not committed any offences and you should be assured that our only concern is to ensure you are safe. You can contact me directly via the North Yorkshire Police switchboard.”

Mr Pargeter is 6ft 1in tall, with a slim build and short brown hair.

Police are asking the public to use social media in an attempt to trace him, and more than 71,000 people have viewed a Facebook appeal for information.

Inspector Hall added: “I would like to thank the public who have kindly aided in this search so far by visiting our Facebook page and ask that they continue to spread the word.”

While Simon does not own a car, it is known that he has hired vehicles in the past.

As this behaviour is out of character, police are concerned for Simon’s welfare.

Mr Hall added: “I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who works for vehicle hire companies who may have rented a car to Simon, since he was last seen on and urge them to come forward straight away.

“I also want to trace Elle, Simon’s ex-girlfriend, who I believe lives in the Scarborough area. She may be able to assist us with our enquiries.”

Anyone who can help locate Simon Pargeter should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, without delay, select option 1 and pass the details to the Force Control Room.


Officers searching for missing York man, Simon Pargeter, located a body at 7.15am on Wednesday evening on a piece of secluded land in the city.

Simon has not been seen since leaving his home address at 5.30pm on Sunday 30 June 2013.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said Mr Pargeter’s next of kin have been informed of the discovery, although they are not yet in a position to formally identify the body.

The search for Mr Pargeter has now been stood down.

Police would like to thank the media and public for their help with this search.