THE CLOSE friend of a man missing for a year says the last 12 months have been “horrible”.
Tomorrow will mark a year exactly since Clwyd Davies, 69, from Acrefair, went missing.
Mr Davies disappeared in the days after being banned from keeping horses by Wrexham magistrates after he had pleaded guilty to six charges of causing unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act.
Twenty-one horses owned by Mr Davies on 120 acres of land were relocated by the RSPCA.
His friend Michelle Crowther has said the last year has been terrible for his friends and family.
She said: “This year has been really horrible.
“The worst part has been not knowing what has happened to him or where he is.
“There have been no credible sightings of Clwyd since he went missing and it is very much a mystery what has happened.
“He has been missed over the last year by us his friends and by his family.”
As the one year anniversary of his disappearance comes round, Mrs Crowther said she fears the worst for his safety.
She said: “My gut feeling is that he will not be found alive.
“Nobody can live off nothing and he has not touched his pension or bank account since he went missing.
“Also I know he has belongings here which are very important and precious to him and I am sure he would have returned for them if he was still alive.
“It is a terribly sad situation and things could have been so very different. It all went horribly wrong and all Clwyd needed was to be helped and shown kindness.”
Mr Davies, a one-time award- winning horse breeder, was last year subject of Channel 4 documentary The Horse Hoarder.
His disappearance was the subject of a follow-up documentary on Welsh language TV channel S4C.
North Wales Police have said Mr Davies is still officially a missing person and has asked anyone who might have seen him to come forward and get in touch with them on 101.
Friends and people who knew of Mr Davies are invited to the Duke of Wellington pub in Acrefair on Wednesday where they will meet and share memories of him.
And on the anniversary of his disappearance North Wales Police renewed their appeal to the public for their help with any information or sightings.
A spokesman said Mr Davies is described as 5’ 11” tall, of heavy build with a thick beard. He usually wears jeans, a fleece top and woolly hat and is well known in the local community.
Wrexham Rural Area Inspector, Andy Jones, said: “Despite extensive enquiries and numerous media appeals, as well as a significant number of responses from the public, we remain concerned about Mr Davies’s disappearance and I would ask anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts to get in touch.
“I would also ask Mr Davies himself to make contact with the police, if he is able to do so, to confirm that he is safe and well.”
Anyone with information should contact North Wales Police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.