Missing police sergeant Colin Evans is found in West Midlands
A NOTTS police sergeant who went missing after being discharged from hospital has been found in the West Midlands.
Concern had been mounting since Colin Evans failed to return home on Monday, after finishing a night shift at 7am at Mansfield police station.
The 51-year-old went to King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, where he was treated for minor injuries caused by a fall.
He is thought to have left the hospital at 9am, on foot, before his wife contacted police two hours later because he had not returned home.
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Officers and staff had been searching for Sgt Evans since he was reported missing.
There was a confirmed sighting of him in Nottingham on Monday at about 6pm.
Posters and leaflets were distributed in and around the Mansfield and Rainworth area yesterday, before last night the force confirmed he had been found safe in Redditch, in the West Midlands.
A statement released by Notts Police said: "Sgt Evans is currently in the care of West Mercia Police. His family has been informed."
Prior to him being found, Chief Inspector Paul Winter said: "It's encouraging insofar as we now know for certain that he was in Nottingham city centre on Monday evening. However, he remains unaccounted for and we are still very keen to find him and ensure he is safe and well."
At about 11.30am on Monday there was a confirmed sighting of him by a colleague who saw him walking along Blidworth Lane, off Southwell Road East, near Rainworth.
Police also investigated another possible sighting at 4pm on Monday in Whinbush Lane, between Calverton and Ravenshead.
Mr Winter said Sgt Evan's disappearance had been "very out of character".
He added the force had conducted searches in the Mansfield and Rainworth areas, and checked CCTV footage before Sgt Evans was found.
Mr Winter said: "Colin is a dedicated police officer who has given many years service for the people of Notts."
After Notts Police asked for help in finding Sgt Evans yesterday, more than 400,000 people viewed the appeal on the force's Facebook page.
Of those, nearly 6,000 went on to share the story with their friends, thereby widening the search.