A British professor has been reported missing while on a research trip to Chile, police said.

Tom Marsh, 60, from Rugby of Warwickshire, had visited La Silla Observatory on the outskirts of Chile’s Atacama Desert, about 370 miles (595 km) north of the capital Santiago.

He has been without news since the night of Friday, September 16.

Police described him as white, about 6ft 3in tall, bald, with gray hair and a beard.

He is probably wearing a blue rain jacket, walking boots and a gray woolen hat.

Professor Marsh works in the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick, where his research interests focus on binary stars.

In a statement through Warwickshire Police, his family said: “We are deeply concerned for and miss Tom, and would ask anyone who may have information about his whereabouts to please help us. “

In a social media post, his daughter Tabitha said the family were “desperate” to find him, adding: “He was observing at La Silla Observatory in Chile when he went missing.

“The nearest town is La Serena. If anyone has any information or thinks they can help in any way, please contact the police… Thank you.

“My family, as well as my father’s friends and colleagues, would be more than grateful for any help or information.”

European Southern Observatory of La Silla

Warwickshire Police said their officers were in contact with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office and Interpol, as well as Chilean authorities.

Anyone with information should call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 153 of 18 September 2022.

If calling from outside the UK, the police can be contacted on +44 1926 415000 or information may be reported on line.

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