Please come home, all is forgiven, pleads wife of Northern Ireland man missing in England
The wife of man who vanished in England has said she forgives his secret relationship and just wants him to come home.
Mervyn Craig (46), from Lisburn, has not been seen since February 8 when he left the Wigan home of a woman he met online.
The father-of-four had told his family he was going to Manchester to work on a building site.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, 50-year-old Donna Craig made an emotional appeal for his safe return and said that, despite everything, she was not angry.
"Mervyn, please come home. Everything is forgiven," she added. I'm not cross. The family will be happy if we know you are safe."
Mr Craig, who is diabetic and insulin-dependent, has been officially missing for 25 days. His hitherto secret relationship with the English woman was uncovered when his eldest daughter accessed his Facebook account.
Mrs Craig said four of her husband's friends went to Wigan to look for him last weekend without success. "He hasn't been seen at all for almost four weeks which is very worrying," she added.
"I'm trying not to think the worst, but it has been so long now and it's so out of character for him. I keep myself busy and try and just get on with it. I hope and pray for the best every single day.
"Somebody somewhere is bound to have seen him. He's the type of guy you couldn't miss."
Mrs Craig said her children, 29-year-old Samantha, Dwayne (24), 21-year-old Chloe and Ryan (20) are desperate for news. She added their grandchildren - seven-year-old Madison, Bethany (3) and Ethan, who is 15 months - want their granddad home.
Greater Manchester Police have expressed concern about the safety of Mervyn, who requires daily self-medication.
Mr Craig's eldest daughter, Samantha, told this newspaper she had confronted her dad's Facebook friend - who is in her 30s - online and was told they had parted company on February 8.
Police have confirmed Mr Craig was last seen at the Arnold Clark Motorstore on Wallgate, Wigan, later that day at around 8pm. This confused his family because he does not drive.
Mervyn, who was last seen wearing a grey 'Tapout' T-shirt and dark jeans, is white, shaven-headed, and at least 6ft 4in tall.
His family said that without medication he would become confused and disorientated.
Detective Inspector Martin Reddington said Greater Manchester Police were continuing to appeal for information, adding that they had now utilised "significant resources" - including officers on the ground and underwater - to find Mr Craig.
"Mervyn has been missing for 25 days and we are growing more concerned for his welfare with each day," DI Reddington added.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.