Published: 11:39, 08 November 2017
| Updated: 11:42, 08 November 2017
As plants lose their foliage for winter, officers searching for a pensioner who has been missing for six months are hoping for new leads.
Ken Henson was reported missing from his Sevenoaks home on Thursday, May 25, and has not been seen since.
Despite extensive searches and inquiries, officers are now facing the likelihood that the 80-year-old has died.
The search originally focused on the area around the father-of-two's Oakhill Road home, but now officers are hoping residents may notice something which had previously gone unnoticed.
Mr Henson is white, around 5ft 7in with grey hair, a bald patch on top, and a short beard.
A CCTV image from the Shell garage at Tubs Hill, up the road from where the 80-year-old lived, suggests he was in the store on Friday, May 26.
It is not known where he went after leaving the store, but it is thought he's wearing the same clothes.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service's drone was seen scouring Sevenoaks Nature Reserve on Saturday, May 27.
Chief Inspector Tony Dyer said: "Sadly we have to assume that the likelihood is that Mr Henson has died.
"Our hope now is that with shrubs and bushes now losing their foliage for winter, residents may spot something in gardens or around outbuildings, which had previously gone unnoticed and could help trace his movements.
"In particular, we are asking people to look out for a hessian-style shopping bag that Mr Henson was carrying."
If you have any information which may assist with inquiries, or uncover an item in the grounds of your property that you do not recognise or had not noticed before, please get in touch.
You can call Kent Police on 101 quoting reference KP-20170527-1536, or alternatively contact the missing people hotline anonymously on 0500 700 700.
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