Everything we know about the search for missing Preston man Shaun Horan

An investigation is ongoing into the disappearance of a 48-year-old man from Preston.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 7:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 8:52 am
Police have been handing out missing persons appeals to dog walkers and cyclists around Preston Docks, showing the last known movements of Shaun Horan

Shaun Horan was last seen on CCTV leaving his car at the 'Green Frog' car park in Mariner's Way, Preston Docks at 6.30am on Monday, February 3.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

Police have been actively searching for Shaun for more than two weeks, with the bulk of the investigation taking place at the Docks.

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Shaun Horan, 48, from Preston, has been missing since Monday, February 3

This is everything we know so far about the search for Shaun Horan.

Monday, February 3

6.30am

According to Lancashire Police, Shaun drove his light blue Toyota Auris to the car park near the Green Frog food van in Mariner's Way at 6.30am.

Police divers with the underwater search unit have been searching Preston Docks every day for more than two weeks

CCTV captured the moment the 48-year-old left his car - wearing dark clothes and bright green trainers - and began walking next to the dock.

The footage shows Shaun walking along the footpath, past Morrisons, in the direction of DFS and Halfords.

He had been carrying a small, white carrier bag and smoking a cigarette at the time.

9am

Divers entered the water at Preston Docks after police officers found Shaun's blue Toyota Auris car abandoned at the 'Green Frog' car park

Just two hours later, police attended the Docks along with the North West Police Underwater Search and Marine Unit.

The specialist underwater search team parked its purpose-built truck at Homebase car park, where a rigid inflatable police boat was unloaded and launched into the water off Mariner's Way.

Exhausted police divers were seen emerging from the water after searching the depths for around two and a half hours.

The search continued in the afternoon, but police reported no findings.

A diver with the underwater search said the team's efforts have been hampered by low visibility in the large open body of water

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Every day for two weeks, police divers continue to search the depths of Preston Docks.

The search has revolved around the perimeter of the dock, moving along the length of the basin, from Homebase to Halfords.

According to one of the police divers, the Docks are a difficult place to search because it is a large body of open water and very deep.

He says that the search is complicated by poor visibility.

Monday, February 17

Two weeks after Shaun is last seen leaving his car in Mariner's Way, police move their search to the container crane on the opposite side of the docks.

Police divers enter the water and fire crews assist with the search in a rigid inflatable dinghy.

At 8pm, police receive a report of a person half submerged in the water at Preston Docks.

A major police operation is put into action, with Lancashire Police requesting the National Police Air Service helicopter from Barton in Manchester.

In addition to the helicopter, the force calls on its Tactical Operations team, which deploys a drone to help in its aerial search.

On land, Lancashire Police mobilises its dog unit with handlers working alongside the Tac Ops' heat-seeking 'eye in the sky'.

On water, the underwater marine unit was called back to Preston Docks, whilst Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service put its rescue boat from Penwortham fire station on standby.

After several hours of searching, Lancashire Police recovered a partially submerged compost bin in Preston Docks.

The force has declined to comment further on the incident.

Tuesday, February 18

The search at Preston Docks resumes in the morning, with police divers setting up camp near the swing bridge at Navigation Way.

A small police van remained stationed at the site yesterday afternoon (February 18).