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Monday 11 December 2017

Concern for missing boxing promoter

Michael Graydon, 29, is missing in Monaco (Kira Billiau/PA Wire)
Michael Graydon, 29, is missing in Monaco (Kira Billiau/PA Wire)

The family of a boxing promoter who has gone missing in Monaco are tired, distraught and desperate to get him back home, a close family friend has said.

Michael Graydon, 29, of Stockwood, Bristol, has not been seen since becoming separated from a friend outside the Rascasse night club a week ago.

Mr Graydon, described by friend Stacey Marie Jones as "the kind of man who would do anything for anybody", had been in Monaco to watch a boxing match featuring Bristol fighter Lee Haskins.

Ms Jones is part of an increasingly "concerned" 12-strong group of close family and friends who have travelled to central Monaco to hand out leaflets, meet police and legal officials in their desperate hunt to try to track down Mr Graydon.

She said: "We are not leaving Monaco and we are not going to stop until we have answers and until he is back home with us - whether that be in body or in spirit.

"He has a two year-old son Reuben who will need answers. We do not believe that anyone can go missing in Monaco and no one would know what happened to him."

The last sighting of Mr Graydon is CCTV footage, timed at 1.36am on February 21, showing him running away from the night club but he was not being pursued.

Ms Jones said: "The family are distraught. They are so tired, drained and helpless but we continue our searching and plan of action. We feel very small and helpless over here."

In a statement released through the Foreign Office, Mr Graydon's family said: "We are very concerned about Michael and we urge anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward and share it with the authorities. We just want him back.

"We also urge everyone to share our website Michael Graydon, Missing in Monaco, to create awareness about his case and hope that with your help we can find him, and bring him home to his two-year-old son, fiancee and family."

Former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion David Haye is among many people to have backed the appeal to try to find Mr Graydon. He has described him as a "very popular lad" and said he hopes all efforts are being made to find him.

So far £15,000 has been raised by well-wishers since Tuesday to help fund the search and hire lawyers in Monaco.

Supporters of the family held a march in Bristol to support the family and friends.

Mr Graydon never made it to last week's boxing match and missed his flight home.

Ms Jones said: "He is such a family man and such a mother's boy that we knew that when he had not been in contact with his mother that something was wrong."

Mr Gray is 5ft 8ins, has short brown hair and green eyes. He has facial stubble and a scar on his forehead along with a number of tattoos on his torso and arms. He was wearing a light blue shirt, dark blazer and dark trousers when he was last seen.

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