UPDATE : Missing man found dead in Newport

South Wales Argus: David Hampton with partner Sara Webb David Hampton with partner Sara Webb

A FATHER of four who went missing on Thursday has been found dead.

Dave Hampton, a 64-year-old from Pill, Newport, was found this afternoon in the Queensway Meadows area of the city, Gwent Police said.

He was last seen by his partner Sara Webb, 40, on Thursday night.

Earlier today more than 100 family and friends had been searching in the rural south of Newport near where he was last seen.

A spokesman for the force said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Both the force and Dr Hampton's family thanked everyone who helped in the search, following a missing persons appeal across the city and social media.

Dr Hampton worked as a biochemist in the Pathology Lab at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport.

Today, more than 100 family and friends joined in the search to find him, congregating at Newport Retail Park's Longditch Road, within a mile of the last place his mobile phone was detected.

Volunteers from across Newport searched the long grasses, reens and marshland in the flatlands near to where he was last seen.

The group split in two, with one party starting out from Pye Corner and the other from Goldcliff, with the aim of meeting in the middle in the later afternoon.

Miss Webb, speaking today before her partner was found, said the number of people turning out to help had been overwhelming.

On Thursday evening the couple had attended a concert at Trinity College in Carmarthen where Dr Hampton's son, Daniel, 20, was performing.

However the couple left after the first half because Dr Hampton felt ill. Miss Webb had told the Argus he had felt confused, had a tempreature and was tired.

Later that night Dr Hampton left his home, saying he had wanted to see if Asda was open.

He was later seen on CCTV buying a bag of chips and going into a pub for a pint, and was spotted at a travellers site on Tatton Road, near Queensway Meadows, at 1.30am on Friday.

The residents had offered him a cup of tea but he said no and walked off.

Security guards at an industrial building then saw him trying to get past a barrier at 2am.

His disappearance led to a social media campaign on Twitter and social media to help find him.

Miss Webb said yesterday that people sharing his picture on social networks had led to people reporting they had spotted him in the area.

UPDATE 8.20PM

A spokesman for the Royal Gwent hospital said: "We were extremely saddened to hear the news today and our thoughts are with David's family and friends. We will do our utmost to support the colleagues David worked alongside at the Royal Gwent Hospital where he was a well respected and incredibly popular member of biomedical sciences team."

 

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5:57pm Mon 27 May 13

inkyskin says...

Thoughts going out to his family at this sad time :(
Thoughts going out to his family at this sad time :( inkyskin
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6:43pm Mon 27 May 13

sperduti says...

oh no ive been following this story and hoped he would return to his loving family okay , so so very sorry to hear this sad news and pass my sincere sympathy to all the family xx.
oh no ive been following this story and hoped he would return to his loving family okay , so so very sorry to hear this sad news and pass my sincere sympathy to all the family xx. sperduti
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6:44pm Mon 27 May 13

vic flange says...

Very Sad and my thoughts are with the family. He was actually found today and the organised walk to look for him was also today not Sunday as reported above.
Very Sad and my thoughts are with the family. He was actually found today and the organised walk to look for him was also today not Sunday as reported above. vic flange
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8:23pm Mon 27 May 13

arjwain says...

very sad news
very sad news arjwain
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8:27pm Mon 27 May 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

ARGUS did you really have to word the headline the way you did?? use some common sense and have compassion

My thoughts to the Family at this incredibly difficult time, Words wont change what has happened but you have the support of the Community and we all behind you 100% - be strong as i know Dave would of wanted you all to be
Thoughts, Prayers with you all right now :-(
ARGUS did you really have to word the headline the way you did?? use some common sense and have compassion My thoughts to the Family at this incredibly difficult time, Words wont change what has happened but you have the support of the Community and we all behind you 100% - be strong as i know Dave would of wanted you all to be Thoughts, Prayers with you all right now :-( kalwales@hotmail.com
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9:03pm Mon 27 May 13

amandadavies8 says...

Absolutely gutted for all family and friends...was hoping he would be found safe and well...deepest sympathy to you all...R.I.P
Absolutely gutted for all family and friends...was hoping he would be found safe and well...deepest sympathy to you all...R.I.P amandadavies8
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9:53pm Mon 27 May 13

smudge100 says...

kalwales@hotmail.com wrote:
ARGUS did you really have to word the headline the way you did?? use some common sense and have compassion

My thoughts to the Family at this incredibly difficult time, Words wont change what has happened but you have the support of the Community and we all behind you 100% - be strong as i know Dave would of wanted you all to be
Thoughts, Prayers with you all right now :-(
I was thinking exactly the same thing
[quote][p][bold]kalwales@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: ARGUS did you really have to word the headline the way you did?? use some common sense and have compassion My thoughts to the Family at this incredibly difficult time, Words wont change what has happened but you have the support of the Community and we all behind you 100% - be strong as i know Dave would of wanted you all to be Thoughts, Prayers with you all right now :-([/p][/quote]I was thinking exactly the same thing smudge100
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10:20pm Mon 27 May 13

Alun davies says...

So sorry to hear the news,Dave was one of the good guys,he will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
Deepest sympathy to his family x
So sorry to hear the news,Dave was one of the good guys,he will be sorely missed by all that knew him. Deepest sympathy to his family x Alun davies
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10:58pm Mon 27 May 13

wagstars says...

inkyskin wrote:
Thoughts going out to his family at this sad time :(
So sad,love to the family x
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: Thoughts going out to his family at this sad time :([/p][/quote]So sad,love to the family x wagstars
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9:53am Tue 28 May 13

sherrie says...

Just awful for his family :(
Just awful for his family :( sherrie
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1:52pm Tue 28 May 13

Lifeiswhatyoumakeit says...

Yesterday was a horrible day!!! Rip Dave! Thoughts are with the whole family x
Yesterday was a horrible day!!! Rip Dave! Thoughts are with the whole family x Lifeiswhatyoumakeit
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4:59pm Tue 28 May 13

SASHA.P says...

My thoughts are with his family and friends x
My thoughts are with his family and friends x SASHA.P
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