Family Desperate To Lay Richey To Rest

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by James McCarthy

The heartbroken sister of vanished Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards has said her family are still desperate to lay the star to rest.

The 27-year-old guitarist disappeared 15 years ago in February 1995. The only clue to his disappearance was his Vauxhall Cavalier at the Severn View service station.

Yesterday Rachel Elias, from Pontypool, revealed when her brother went missing the family had to deal with accusations her brother's disappearance was fake.

She said: "That was really difficult, all the negative assumptions. Some people assumed it was a publicity stunt.

"Things like that didn't help the police search.

"We had to deal with that and the public - people turning up at the door and all sorts of horrible things."

Rachel yesterday joined 450 runners, including the parents of Madeleine McCann, to take part in a 10km fun run for missing people.

Richey was declared "presumed dead" in November 2008.

Rachel said: "If he's out there he's not been found. He's unidentified, he does not have a name. We would just like to be able to find him and bury him."

She knows this might never happen.

"I myself contacted coroners over the last 15 years after several bodies over the years turned up," she said.

"None were my brother. But they were someone's brother who had disappeared unnoticed."

[Originally published: Wales On Sunday, 14 March 2010]