Missing Darren ‘could die without his medication’

A STUDENT who went missing from his home in Sheffield on Monday could die if he doesn’t take his medication, police in the city warned today.

Darren Jacobs

Darren Jacobs, 33, was last seen at 5pm in Wayland Road in Sharrow Vale, and was reportedly travelling to the Walkley area on foot.

The Sheffield Hallam University student has Addison’s Disease, a rare disorder of the adrenal glands where the body does not produce enough cortisol and other hormones.

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It is not known whether or not Mr Jacobs, who was last seen some 43 hours ago, has his medication with him.

South Yorkshire Police say concern is now growing for his welfare and that if he does not take his medication for more than 40 hours there could be “very serious, if not potentially fatal, consequences”.

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, who is leading the search, said: “The search to find Darren has today been declared a critical incident, which demonstrates just how concerned we are for his welfare.

“I would urge people to look at his picture and take a moment to think whether or not they have seen him since Monday evening.

“Furthermore, if you are out in Sheffield, especially in the areas of Ecclesall Road, Sharrow Vale and Broomhill, please bear Darren in mind and call us immediately on 101 if you think you see him.

“It would not be an exaggeration to say that a life could be at stake in this case.”

Mr Jacobs is described as a white man, around 6ft tall and of a very slim build. He has tanned skin and dark hair.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 51 of 1 July 2014.