Family fears grow for Sheffield pensioner, 72, missing in Portugal nearly a week after disappearance

Missing Sheffield man John Joyce.
Missing Sheffield man John Joyce.
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The family of a Sheffield pensioner who has gone missing in Portugal are growing increasingly worried almost a week on from his disappearance.

John Joyce, 72, has not been seen since last Friday when he was last captured on CCTV in the Portuguese town of Fatima.

Now his family have launched a fresh plea for information and urged people to check roadsides and in outbuildings, fearing he may have been injured by a vehicle or is sheltering from blazing sun.

Writing on Facebook, niece Catherine Hathaway posted: "This is the seventh day without any sightings and so my family now ask people to please start searching verges and the sides of roads assuming he is injured.

"Please also check sheds, outhouses where he may have gone in for shade and got trapped inside."

She says her uncle went out without any money, bank cards or his passport.

Mr Joyce was attending a 6 day pilgrimage with the group he was travelling with arriving in Fatima on July 11 via a flight to Lisbon from London Gatwick.

According to missing persons website the Lucie Blackman Trust, which supports British people overseas, Mr Joyce met the group for breakfast then went to a video screening in a small studio about 100 yards away from the hotel and after this the group went their separate ways.

He was last seen walking towards a museum about 11am.

Local police and the British Embassy in Portugal are understood to be helping in the hunt for Mr Joyce.

His family say he was last seen at 11am on July 14, wearing shorts and a shirt and without a hat.

He is described as being of large build and about 5ft 6in in height. His hair is a crewcut style, balding and he is missing a lower denture. It is believed he was wearing black mid-calf shorts, a T-shirt and black sandals.

She added: "His sisters - my mum and aunt - are in Portugal searching."

Anyone with information can contact Hotel Essence Inn, Marianos. 249 531 572.

Alternatively, from the UK you can call the Lucie Blackman Trust on 0800 098 8485 or you can email any information to ops@lbtrust.org

Sheffield Wednesday fans in Portugal for the Owls' pre-season tour are also being urged to look out for Mr Joyce.

The squad landed in Portugal on Monday lunchtime for their six-day warm weather training camp and are due to play three friendlies against Portimonense, SC Farense and Vitória de Setúbal in the country this week.

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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