POLICE are appealing for a group of six people who may have vital information on the disappearance of a missing man to come forward.

Joel Andrews, aged 24 from Caldicot in Monmouthshire, was last seen at midday on Sunday May 22 following an open air rave near the Fernworthy Reservoir near Chagford. He was still at the site where the rave had been held.

Police are particularly interested in speaking to a group of people seen wading in the reservoir on the morning of May 22. Enquiries have revealed that six people were seen at the reservoir between 1.30pm and 3pm on May 22, three of whom were seen wading in the water fully clothed.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: 'We are keen to speak to the members of this group as they may have vital information that could help us find Joel Andrews.'

Joel's family issued the following statement: 'We would like to ask anyone who has seen or heard from Joel to please get in contact with the police. 

'Even if you think it sounds silly, it could mean a lot.  Just a little bit of information could lead to a big thing.  And Joel, if you read this, please come home.  We are not angry with you, we just want you home.  We love you so much and need you home.'

Joel remains missing despite two days of intensive searching from Devon and Cornwall Police and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group.

He is described as a white man with a slim build, approximately 5' 10", with mousy brown hair, blue eyes, and has a scar on his chin. He was last seen wearing a grey 'Animal' hooded top, blue jeans, a dark green waist-length jacket and a camouflage cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call 08452 777 444, quoting log 421 of 28/5/11.