Police are following up a new lead into the disappearance of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards, according to a report in the South Wales Echo.
Tracey Jones, a British-born barmaid on the remote island of Fuerteventura - described as a 'Robinson Crusoe' island-in the Canary Islands, was working in the Underground Bar in the town of Corralejo.
She and another customer spotted a thin man in the pub.
"One of the customers shouted 'You're Richey from the Manic Street Preachers!'," she said. "The man just started to run towards the door and within seconds he was gone."
The unnamed customer and the barmaid told the newspaper that hey were certain that the man was the missing Manics guitarist.
Terri Hall from Hall or Nothing, the Manics PR company said: "We're aware of the sighting and will be informing the police."
Since his disappearance in 1995, there have been numerous sightings, all of which have been hoaxes or cases of mistaken identity. The most notorious sighting in Goa in 1997 was investigated by police but led to another dead end.
Richey is still officially a missing person. Police have never closed the file on Richey and his royalties from Manics albums prior to the current 'This is My Truth Tell Me Yours' are being held in a trust fund. His mother, Sherry, is quoted as saying that she still believes that he is alive and may get in touch.
[Originally published: nme.com, 12 November 1998]