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Daughter of missing Grantham man renews her appeal for information ahead of his 60th birthday

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The daughter of a missing Grantham man has renewed her appeal for information ahead of what would have been her father’s 60th birthday next week.

Tessa Capon has spoken of her heartbreak over not seeing her dad who went missing nearly 23 years ago.

Andrew Capon, then 37, went out clubbing in Skegness with a group of three Grantham friends in October 1998 – leaving behind his passport and wallet in an Ingoldmells caravan.

Andrew Capon who disappeared after a night out with friends in Skegness in 1998
Andrew Capon who disappeared after a night out with friends in Skegness in 1998

CCTV footage shows him fall out with his friends inside a nightclub before they were all thrown out.

Andrew, who lived in Castle Bytham at the time of his disappearance, and one friend walked off .

The CCTV footage then showed the friend call at a cash point machine while Andrew carries on walking. The father-of-three, who was born and raised in Grantham, has never been since.

Tessa Capon and daughter Amelia
Tessa Capon and daughter Amelia

Police searched the seafront and lakes but there have never been sightings.

Tessa, who was just 15 when Andrew went missing, has spent her life trying to find out what happened to her father.

She said: “I am now at the age that my dad was when he went missing and my son is the age I was. It has had a huge impact on my family’s life. I have always struggled. I have complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have regular counselling sessions to try and cope. My dad has missed out on so much. He now has 12 grandchildren that he has never met.”

Andrew’s mum, Margaret Capon, died three years ago without ever finding out what had happened to her son, while Andrew’s father died of a heart attack 11 days after Andrew’s disappearance.

An age progression image showing Andrew Capon as it is thought he would look today
An age progression image showing Andrew Capon as it is thought he would look today

Tessa, who now lives in Peterborough, and her sister Kimberley will mark their father’s 60th birthday by visiting Skegness on Wednesday to cast a wreathe into the sea near to where Andrew was last seen.

Tessa is also appealing for anyone with any information, how insignificant it might seem, to come forward.

Andrew is described her father as being around 6ft 2in tall, with blonde hair and several tattoos and a missing middle finger on his left hand.

Detective Chief Inspector Reid Martin, Protecting Vulnerable People, Lincolnshire Police, said: “Our thoughts are with Andrew’s family who continue to search for him.

"As his 60th birthday approaches we renew our appeal for any information that would help with our missing person inquiry. It is hard to imagine how difficult and upsetting this must be for Andrew’s family and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

“As time passes, someone may now feel able to pass information they have held onto. We would really like to find Andrew or pass on any information that will help his family.”

If you do have any information that you think could help, contact Lincolnshire Police or search for ‘Missing Andrew John Capon’ on Facebook.

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