UPDATE: Regretfully Chris was found in the Manchester Ship Canal. My thoughts go out to all his friends and family at this sad time. R.I.P Chris.
I went to see the Stone Roses on Friday 29th June 2012 and just about managed to get home to Timperley safely despite the organisational chaos after the gig.
Chris Brahney also lives in Timperley and went to see the Stone Roses on the same night as me. But he never came home.
If you have ANY information about Chris – no matter how small – please call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 7652.
Please also help join the search for Chris – you can find the latest information on this Facebook page which now has nearly 100,000 members - many of whom are helping the police and his parents and family search for Chris. I urge you to join the group – and join the actual search.
FACT: Chris Brahney (aged 22 from Timperley, Manchester) has been missing since Friday 29th June 2012.
FACT: Chris was last seen by his friends after the Stone Roses gig at Heaton Park in Manchester at around 11.30pm. He became separated from his friends when he went to look for his Sony Ericsson phone.
FACT: Chris is white, of slim build, and has short brown hair. On the night he went missing he was wearing a light blue shirt underneath a dark blue zip hoodie, maroon trousers and dark green wellington boots.
POSSIBLE LEAD #1 – BOWLEE PARK AND RIDE: There have been reports of a sighting of Chris either:
- on a Park and Ride bus heading to Middleton
- being at the Park and Ride bus area in Bowlee, Middleton between 11.30pm and after midnight on Friday after the gig.
This information has prompted both official and unofficial search teams to cover the Bowlee/Middleton area.
The route Chris is believed to have taken is plotted below in the below map:
BOWLEE / MIDDLETON SEARCH INFO: It is understood that there are ongoing searches of the Bowlee Park and Ride area in Middleton, Heaton Park, and surrounding areas such as Salford, Cheetham Hill, and Manchester City Centre towards Timperley.
POSSIBLE LEAD #2 – MACCABI CENTRE / BURY OLD ROAD: This morning there was an interview on BBC Breakfast with Chris’s dad, Stuart. Stuart stated that police have informed him of a confirmed sighting of Chris near the Maccabi Centre on Bury Old Road, around midnight on the night of the gig. Stuart mentioned that it may have been possible that Chris caught the Park and Ride bus to Bowlee and then doubled back on himself and travelled towards the Maccabi Centre.
The Maccabi Centre sighting was first mentioned on the Facebook group by a man named Roger and ties in with a sighting mentioned earlier in the week by a man named Tarik, who believes Chris walked with him and his friends on Bury Old Road towards the City Centre.
Tarik stated that he was with a group of people and a man believed to be Chris, walking towards Manchester City Centre from Heaton Park. Tarik recalls that the man had lost his friends and his phone, was of slim build and had dark hair. It seems that the group walked along Bury Old Road from Heaton Park towards the City Centre, and stopped for a rest outside the Maccabi Centre, in the vicinity of a red petrol station, shortly before midnight.
It was at this point that Roger recalls the man believed to be Chris left the group as he wanted to see if he could catch a tram from outside Heaton Park, and he then started walking back towards Heaton Park. Roger states that he told Chris if he walked past the Woodthorpe and turned right, he would probably get a tram that way.
It is not known whether Chris took this advice – he may have done so and subsequently walked along Sheepfoot Lane or he could have taken the Middleton Road route towards Heaton Park.
ASSUMPTIONS: We can safely assume that the police have checked for a mobile phone signal trace, checked bank card usage, and that they are doing all they can with search efforts recorded to include helicopters, dogs, rescue teams and investigators.
Finding Chris and showing respect for Chris’s family and friends is of utmost importance at this time.
If you are going to search for Chris, please be sensible and go in groups of more than 2 people, stay together, wear weather-appropriate clothing and take precautions. If you find any item(s) which you think may help the search for Chris, please do not touch or disturb the item(s) – call the police on 101 (non-emergency) and take a photograph on your phone in case anything happens to the item(s) after you have informed the police of the whereabouts.
If you think you have any information which may help in the search for Chris Brahney, I urge you to contact Greater Manchester Police straightaway on 0161 856 7652, or call the non-emergency number 101.