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Wife of missing man Paul Baker, 52, begs for his safe return

Paul Baker, 52, has been missing since 13 January and was last seen by his family in Asfordby, Leicestershire.

Missing Paul Baker, 52, with wife, Rachel, 50.  Release date – January 22, 2023.  See SWNS story SWMRmissing.  A distraught wife has issued an emotional appeal for her missing husband to come home – saying she wants to give him a “big hug”.  Paul Baker, 52, was last seen by his family in the West Avenue area of Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, Leics., on January 13.  CCTV shows him outside Sainsburys in Melton shortly before 5pm on the day he was last seen. He was wearing a grey hooded top and carrying a rucksack and possibly a sleeping bag attached at the base.  His worried wife, Rachel, 50, has made a direct appeal to her husband, in a desperate bid to find him.
Missing Paul Baker, left, with his wife, Rachel. (SWNS)

The wife of a man who has been missing for eight days has pleaded for him to come home.

Paul Baker, 52, was last seen by his family in the West Avenue area of Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, on 13 January.

He was reported missing the next day and CCTV shows him outside Sainsbury's in Melton shortly before 5pm.

Missing Paul Baker, 52.  Release date – January 22, 2023.  See SWNS story SWMRmissing.  A distraught wife has issued an emotional appeal for her missing husband to come home – saying she wants to give him a “big hug”.  Paul Baker, 52, was last seen by his family in the West Avenue area of Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, Leics., on January 13.  CCTV shows him outside Sainsburys in Melton shortly before 5pm on the day he was last seen. He was wearing a grey hooded top and carrying a rucksack and possibly a sleeping bag attached at the base.  His worried wife, Rachel, 50, has made a direct appeal to her husband, in a desperate bid to find him.
CCTV shows missing Paul Baker outside a Sainsbury's in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, on the day he was last seen. (SWNS)

Mr Baker was wearing a grey hooded top and carrying a rucksack and possibly a sleeping bag attached at the base.

His wife, Rachel, 50, has made a public appeal urging her husband to return home.

In a statement, she said: “Paul, if you see this, please just come home. All I want to do is give you a big hug.

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“I miss you so much, as does our Gabs.

“Our dogs – Darcy and Betty – miss you too. If I say your name, they get up. We all want you back.”

She added: “I know you love the outdoors, but we’re all worried about you, especially as it’s so cold at the minute. I need to know that you’re eating properly.

Missing Paul Baker, 52.  Release date – January 22, 2023.  See SWNS story SWMRmissing.  A distraught wife has issued an emotional appeal for her missing husband to come home – saying she wants to give him a “big hug”.  Paul Baker, 52, was last seen by his family in the West Avenue area of Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, Leics., on January 13.  CCTV shows him outside Sainsburys in Melton shortly before 5pm on the day he was last seen. He was wearing a grey hooded top and carrying a rucksack and possibly a sleeping bag attached at the base.  His worried wife, Rachel, 50, has made a direct appeal to her husband, in a desperate bid to find him.
Paul Baker has been missing since 13 January. (SWNS)

“I love you so much and I won’t stop looking for you until I find you.

“It doesn’t matter why you left – please come home so we can continue our lives together.”

Leicestershire Police said Mr Baker is of a slim build and is 5ft 6ins tall. He has receding mousey grey hair and stubble.

He was wearing jeans and possibly a long Parka style jacket when his family last saw him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident 656 of 14 January.