The distraught husband of a British mother who has gone missing in Tenerife has insisted that she has not disappeared voluntarily.
Giuseppe Bizzarro, 73, urged tourists and locals to contact police on the island if they had any information about the whereabouts of missing Kate Barley Bizzarro, 60.
He said he was clocking up around 500 miles a day travelling around the island, and that he had even hired a helicopter to look for his wife.
She was last seen at around 6pm on Wednesday when she set out to walk their two dogs. Spanish missing persons’ platform SOS Desaparecidos described her case as ‘urgent’ in an alert it posted earlier about her disappearance.
Speaking as he continued to comb beaches and countryside with the help of their youngest son Richard, who lives in Tenerife, the dad-of-three said: ‘I’m desperate for news of my wife.’
Kate Barley (pictured), 60, was with her two pet dogs when she disappeared in the municipality of Adeje in the south of the island
Kate is said to drive a white Smart car. The last-known sighting of her was last Wednesday
‘We’ve been married 41 years and have three grown-up children and this is so out of character for her,’ he said today.
‘The last time I saw her was around 6pm last Wednesday when she took the car and said she was going to go for a walk with our two dogs, a Yorkshire terrier called Lukey and a chihuahua called Jimmy.
‘She didn’t say where she was going or what time she’d be back but she tended to go down to a beach near the place we own here and I’ve searched that high and low without any positive results.
‘She had no problems in life, she wasn’t depressed and she’s never ever gone missing like this in all the time I’ve known her.
‘I’m praying obviously it’s not the case but that’s why I fear something bad has happened to her. This is definitely not a voluntary disappearance.’
It was confirmed earlier today that Kate, 60, had been missing for nearly a week after leaving her home in a white Smart car with the number plate 6274 KDL and the two pet dogs.
Mr Bizzarro, who was born in Naples but met and married Kate in Brazil where her British parents were living and working at the time, had flown to Tenerife with his wife at the end of January for a two-month break.
The construction worker, who divides his time with Kate between homes in Monte Carlo and southern Tenerife, said: ‘We have three children. The youngest one who is 28 lives in Tenerife and is helping me with the search.
‘The older two are in their thirties but are flying to Tenerife later this week. One lives in Russia and the other in Monte Carlo.
‘I’ve been driving the best part of 500 miles a day round the island looking everywhere for my wife, on the coast, in the mountains, in the countryside.
‘I even went up in a helicopter I hired yesterday with a private pilot to see if that would make things easier when it came to combing the island, but it was very difficult.
‘I’m going into the police station where I first reported my wife missing every day to see if there’s progress.
‘The car she left our house in has a GPS tracker and I don’t know why they haven’t been able to find it yet.
‘There’s been no sign of the vehicle, which is a four-door white Smart Bianca and not a common car at all, and no sign of Kate or the dogs.
‘I’m going everywhere with her photo and pictures of the car and the dogs in the hope it will jog someone’s memory and they will be able to help me and the police find her with any little bit of information they can remember.’
Mr Bizzarro said Kate’s parents, who were both British, had died and her stepdad lived in Australia. Kate speaks English, Italian and Portuguese.
He said: ‘Our other two sons are going to join in the search as soon as they get here but hopefully we have some good news before they arrive.’
An initial SOS Desaparecidos appeal said: ‘Kate Barley Bizzarro aged 60 disappeared on March 8 in Adeje.’
Describing her as just over 5ft 7 tall, with long straight blonde hair and blue eyes, it said: ‘She uses graduated glasses, has a foreign accent and drives a white Smart Bianca with the number-plate 6274 KDL.’
In a second appeal marked ‘urgent’, the Canary Islands branch of the organisation SOS Canarias added: ‘Kate was accompanied by her two dogs, a white Yorkshire and a beige chihuahua.
‘The two dogs, Jimmy and Lukey, have also disappeared. We appeal to the public for help.’
Spanish missing persons’ platform SOS Desaparecidos described her case as ‘urgent’ in an alert it posted about her disappearance
The National Police in Tenerife said: ‘The missing woman is a British national and the National Police are working on trying to establish her whereabouts.’
The spokesman said he was unable to offer any more information on the police work that was being done at this stage although it is understood that as part of standard protocol officers will have checked out places like hospitals.
A source close to the case added: ‘Her family are also actively searching for her.’
The Civil Guard, which is Spain’s other national police force and covers parts of Tenerife that tend to be more rural and outside of populated towns and cities, said they were also aware of the disappearance.
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