Original article from Kent Live
The family and friends of a missing man from Canterbury have appealed for help and information after he disappeared almost a month ago.
Dan Venes, 31, is a talented and self-described 'self-taught abstract artist', and suffers from serious mental health issues.
He was last seen leaving Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate at around 6pm on Saturday August 14.
His family friends, Lou Lou Rose, Kay Williams Foxley & Barry Foxley have been collaboratively maintaining a Facebook page, organising a community effort to try to find Dan, ensure his safety and bring him home.
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Lou Lou Rose told KentLive that Dan's family are "going out of their minds" over Dan's disappearance.
"He loves art and his guitar – this is a long time for him to be away from them.
"We’re doing all we can to bring him home, he's such a kind loving person but he's just very poorly at the moment."
According to his friends & family, Dan was taken to QEQM having been 'picked up from Sturry Station a very poorly man,' later leaving the hospital wearing a pair of black trousers, a red and black checked shirt, this being the last confirmed sighting of him.
His artwork accounts have a large following on social media, with 2000 likes on Facebook and a further 1500 followers on Instagram, and Dan has a very large body of work online.
His work mostly consists of colourful and surreal portraits, featuring deconstructed faces and abstract uses of colour and shape, including works such as 'Anxiety Dream', 'Street Light Angels' and 'Light at the End of the Tunnel'.
Dan was posting images of his art just a week before his disappearance, his last post to his Facebook page reading 'experimenting on something new.'
He is known not to be in possession of his mobile phone, and is also believed to not have made any transactions using his bank card.
His family have organised a search party in Herne Bay, where Dan had a previous address, as well as putting up posters around the local area and hiring a professional drone pilot to search nearby woods with an infrared scanner.
As of yet, these attempts made by friends and family to find Dan have been unsuccessful.
There have been a number of suspected sightings in Herne Bay, where Dan used to live, though his most recent address is in Canterbury, and his whereabouts are not known.
The search led by friends & family now extends to Margate, Herne Bay and Canterbury, with posters being put up to help reassure Dan that he is not in danger and his family want him to come home.
It is understood that Dan's mental state may make him distrusting of friends and strangers alike.
In an earlier Facebook post, his friend Ricky Twyman wrote, "he most likely won’t trust anyone either, so any friends please approach delicately if you see him."
Kent Police have also launched a missing persons appeal and urged the public for information.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Daniel Venes was last seen in the College Road area of Margate at around 6pm on Saturday 14 August 2021.
"The 31-year-old is described as being 5ft 9ins tall with a slim build and short, dark hair.
"He also has a short beard and was last seen wearing a red and black checked shirt with black jeans."
Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 101 quoting 14-1230.