Police thank residents for support on third day of search for missing Toby - The Rugby Observer

Police thank residents for support on third day of search for missing Toby

Rugby Editorial 22nd Feb, 2023 Updated: 22nd Feb, 2023   0

POLICE are thanking residents for their continued support as the search for a missing Rugby teenager continued for a third day.

Toby Burwell, 17, was reported missing from his home in Newbold on Monday morning (February 20).

A full-scale search was launched that day, involving officers, detectives, firefighters and expert divers.

Since then detectives, supported by specialist officers, have been working around the clock to find Toby.




One line of enquiry led police to order a search of Newbold Quarry, and divers have been searching through the water.

Experts have also been searching from above using a raft and specialist equipment.


Meanwhile, detectives and officers have been going door-to-door and mounting foot and vehicle patrols across the town and in key areas.

Det Insp Gareth Unett, based at Rugby police station, has been leading the investigation.

He said: “We are working at full capacity to find Toby and we will continue to do so.

“We are taking no chances at all, and that’s why we are pursuing several lines of enquiry at once.

“I would like to take this chance to thank residents of Rugby for their support in sharing our appeals far and wide.

“Because Rugby has such a strong community spirit, we are seeing residents coming forward and asking how they can help.

“There are three things you can do that will genuinely help us: share our appeals far and wide, urge family and friends to be vigilant and, finally, if you spoke with Toby in the days leading to his disappearance, please call us.”

Toby is 6ft tall with ginger-auburn hair.

Anyone who sees Toby or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 999 quoting incident number 38 of February 20.

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