The famed rocker has been missing for 23 years since the day he left his office to reach his home in Cookham, Berkshire, a journey of just 1.7 miles.
“As usual at this time of year, we plead with Mr Rea to make contact with his family or anyone affiliated with the British soft-rock movement of the 1980s. Chris, you have Mark Knopfler’s number. Use it.”
There have been many sightings of Rea driving over the years, including at Aberdeen, Droitwich, Lytham St Annes and east London, but to date no-one has been able to stop the car and speak to the 60-year-old.
Police have asked motorists to be vigilant for Rea, who they say may be singing in his trademark smoky voice, while playing a Maranello Classic guitar.
“He might be wearing the bolero-style leather jacket that he owned when he disappeared in 1988 – under no circumstances should the public attempt to separate him from this as he may turn dangerous,” said the spokeswoman.
“I’ll never forget that day, December 23 1988,” said his wife Joan. “He phoned from the office to say he was driving home for Christmas. I thought it was a bit dramatic as it’s only a five-minute drive but anyway, he never showed up.
“Chris, if you’re reading this, please come home or call us. We miss you so much. But don’t go to the old house, we’ve moved: next door got planning for the gazebo.”
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