A CHESTER-BASED soldier has gone missing while on holiday in the French Alps.
Police and mountain rescue crews are searching for 26-year-old Simon Daw, of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, after he was last seen at a bar just after midnight on Wednesday.
Mr Daw, who was born in Cardiff, had been on holiday in the popular resort of Les Deux Alpes with two friends who alerted the police after he failed to return to where they were staying.
Police said Mr Daw and his friends had “not consumed an excessive amount of alcohol” on the night he disappeared.
A police spokesman said: “It is a mystery at the moment. We are searching on foot and from the air. We are very concerned about his whereabouts.
“It has been very cold here. The temperatures at night have reached -15C.”
Mr Daw is 5ft 9in tall, slim and with short blonde hair.
On the night of his disappearance he was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, beige jeans and black trainers.
Army spokesman Gavin O’Connor said: “We’re aware a serving soldier has gone missing in France. His family have been informed and we’re offering them the support they need at this time.”
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is aware a British national has been reported missing in France.
A spokeswoman said: “Consular staff are in contact with French police who are conducting a search. We stand ready to provide consular assistance.”