Update from Hampshire Police 26th April 2015: Missing man Stephen Munden has been found.
#Missing Stephen Munden has been found, detained and taken to a mental health facility. Thanks to public for sharing our appeal.
— Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) April 26, 2015
This is a message sent via Neighbourhood Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary.
Police are continuing their search for missing man Stephen Munden.
The 54-year-old left Mildmay Oaks independent hospital in Winchfield, near Hook, at about 6.15pm on Tuesday, April 21, and hasn’t been seen since. It is believed he climbed over a fence and left the hospital grounds on foot.
Police officers have been carrying out extensive searches, including using the police helicopter, and making other enquiries. They have also been following up on many calls from members of the public.
Mr Munden is described as about 5ft 8ins tall, of a heavy build, and has dark hair. He did have a very full beard, but it is believed he may have shaved it off prior to leaving the hospital.
Mr Munden was detained at the facility under a hospital order after being sentenced for sexual offences in 2014.
These were possessing, making, and attempting to make indecent images of children and sexual assault on child under 13.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Rowlandson said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to those people who have already phoned in with possible sightings and information in relation to this investigation. Please be reassured that we’re following up on all lines of enquiry.”
If you see him, know where he is or have any information which could help the police locate him, please call 101.
Here’s Chief Inspector Annabel Berry talking about police’s appeal to find Stephen Munden.
— Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) April 24, 2015