Manics Star Richey 'To Remain A Missing Person On Police Files'

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The file on Richey Edwards being a missing person is expected to be kept open on the seventh anniversary of his disappearance.

The family of the Manic Street Preachers star could decide to have Richey declared officially dead on February 1.

But police believe the family will want the file kept open.

Officers are prepared to follow any new clues which may lead to the discovery of what happened to the star.

Missing persons can officially be declared dead after seven years if no body has been found and there have been no confirmed sightings of them, NME.COM reports.

Pc Chris Coleman, who was in charge of Richey Edwards' missing person case until last week, said: "It's totally up to his family, and usually that's only if people want to get access to his bank accounts and personal things like that.

"But even though there have been no new supposed sightings for years, I think the family will just want the file to be kept open on Richey as a missing person. If any leads come in then they will be followed up."

Pc Coleman added: "It's very strange that there's been no body turn up that matches his description - including his tattoos - but there've been no sightings either. It's a very strange case, very strange indeed."

[Originally published: ananova.com, 23 January 2002]