POLICE have admitted that hopes of finding missing deputy headteacher Mark Bushnell alive are fading.
The 50-year-old father-of-three, deputy headteacher at the independent Durham School, disappeared on Sunday morning after he left the family home in the city.
He had several bags of washing with him and was searching for a laundrette, as the Bushnells’ washing machine was out of order.
He drove to Blackhall Rocks, near Peterlee, where his car – a grey Citroen C3 – was discovered on Monday morning with the washing still inside.
Durham Police say that, as time goes on, hopes are fading of a positive outcome.
Chief Insp Andy Huddleston said: “There are further searches planned for the weekend, although these will not be on the same scale as in previous days since the main areas have now been covered.
“We have not given up hope but the reality is that as the days go on with no trace of Mark, the possibility of a positive outcome is obviously decreasing.”