Missing dad who vanished three months ago found alive after desperate plea

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A dad who disappeared more than three months ago has miraculously been found safe and well.

Wayne Walling, 37, from Plymouth, is believed to have been living "off grid" in Felixstowe since vanishing in November last year.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed he had been contacted on Saturday. He said he would be "heading back home soon."

The circumstances surrounding his mysterious disappearance remain unclear.

Before he was discovered, his distraught family took to social media in a desperate bid to track him down.

A video message from Mr Walling's grandad was shared on Facebook, urging him to get in touch

He said: "Can you let us know if you're safe or what's going on?

"We can help you if you want to come home."

His sister, Stephanie, also posted a message on Facebook on Friday to plead with him to return home.

She wrote: "It's been just over three months now. It's so cold outside. I don't know how he's surviving.

"The longer this goes on the more worried I'm getting."

And on Boxing Day she wrote on the social media platform: "We all love you so much and just want to help, no matter what it takes.

"We want you to know that you are cherished by all the family. So many of your friends are worried also.

"Reach out to someone."

Officers launched a nationwide appeal in November to find Mr Walling soon after he went missing.

A police statement at the time said: "Wayne has been known to frequent the Plymouth Hoe area and the benches near the James Vaults pub but may have moved on to Ivybridge or the South Hams, walking or camping."

He was reportedly spotted in Ivybridge on November 25 – five days after he last contacted his family.

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