Bernard Ross (pictured), 51, has turned up in Geneva after last being seen in England on October 18
A former Uefa director who went missing from Oxford two months ago has turned up — in Switzerland.
Bernard Ross, the football governing body’s former director of TV, was last seen in England on October 18.
He was found in Chene-Bourg, just outside Geneva on Tuesday, Thames Valley Police said.
He was spotted on Friday December 8 trying to deliver Christmas cards begging for help from directors at the organisation’s headquarters in Nyon, his wife Jacinta said.
A force spokesman said: ‘Thames Valley Police would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in sharing the appeal to help to locate him.’
The 51-year-old left his long-held position at Uefa in November last year.
He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in January and has since been in hospital frequently, Mrs Ross said.
Thames Valley Police, leading the investigation, initially believed he was travelling around the south of France on a fold-up bicycle.
Mr Ross, who is the former head of production at Uefa (pictured centre with his wife Jacinta and children Oscar, 14, Felix, 17, Theo, 18, and Matilda, 11) lost his job last year and was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder
The force said he was in Marseille on October 22 and then in Grasse, on the French Riviera, on October 31, before apparently crossing the border to Switzerland.
In the latest sighting, Mrs Ross said he had spoken to a security guard who he asked to leave five envelopes addressed to Uefa directors.
She said the Christmas cards featured a handwritten note which said ‘Aidez moi, please’, which means ‘help me’ in French.
The couple have four children together – Oscar, 14, Felix, 17, Theo, 18 and Matilda, 11.
She added: ‘I feel like the sense of urgency (among the authorities) has been lost.
‘Time is of the essence, his family is desperate to have him home for Christmas.’
His family were previously seeking legal action against Uefa after alleging that ‘work overload and improper management by his superiors are the only possible cause of Mr Ross’s mental breakdown and his development of bipolar disorder at this stage in his life’, according to The Times.
In a series of legal letters seen by the newspaper, the family’s solicitor says that after delivering ‘the most successful coverage of a Uefa Euro tournament yet’ he was promised a promotion to director of television and digital.
But they claim it did not materialise after he started becoming paranoid and showing signs of mental illness.
The force said he was in Marseille on October 22 and then in Grasse, on the French Riviera, on October 31, before apparently crossing the border to Switzerland