THE PREGNANT wife of missing marine Ralph Hebden has once again pleaded with him to come home as she is set to give birth within days.
Ralph (32) has not been seen for more than a week after leaving his home in Arbroath last Monday morning (March 11) and despite extensive searching in and around the town, his whereabouts are still unknown.
The last confirmed sighting of the marine, who is originally from Liverpool was outside the Morrison’s store in Arbroath shortly after 8.30 a.m. last Monday.
His wife Sarah’s pregnancy is now nearing full-term, with Ralph aware her due date is in early April.
However, it is said this is no longer the case although his wife does not want to go into further detail due to personal reasons.
But she did plead: “Ralph, we are all missing you and are worried about you. Our baby is now due sooner than expected, please come home.”
Inspector Ally Robertson also lent his support to the appeal from Ralph’s wife, adding: “This is a difficult and stressful time for Sarah as the birth of her child approaches and it is important that she has the people she needs most close with her.
“She is desperately worried about Ralph and needs him here at her side for what should be a joyous occasion for them both.
“I dearly hope that this appeal reaches Ralph and he gets in touch with his family or with the police to let us all know that he is safe and well.”
The appeal comes after Tayside Police stepped up their hunt for the missing Arbroath marine.
Yesterday (Monday) police were at Morrison’s in Hume Street, the last place Ralph was seen, to try to jog the memories of members of the public who may have seen him.
Officers also visited the town’s bus and train stations and distributed leaflets as already an RAF Sea King helicopter and the RNLI have been drafted in to search the cliffs
And on Friday the commanding officer from 45 Commando based at RM Condor also appealed for Ralph to get in touch.
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Tanner said: “On behalf of 45 Commando and all who work at Royal Marines Condor, I would like to appeal to Marine Ralph Hebden to get in touch with us as soon as possible, in order to reassure his family and friends, and all his colleagues here at the unit, that he is safe and well.”
Ralph is described as six feet four inches tall and of muscular build, with short cropped fair hair.
When last seen he was last seen wearing black trainers, dark blue or black jogging bottoms, a blue fleece and a black beanie hat. He had a blue rain jacket with him when he left his home address on the morning of Monday, March 11.
Anyone who knows where Ralph is or who has information that could assist Tayside Police in tracing him should call 101 or speak to any police officer.