Richard James Edwards (better know as Richey Edwards or Richey James) was a Welsh musician who was the rhythm guitarist and lyricist of the alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. On February 1st, 1995 Richey and fellow bandmate James Dean Bradfield were due to fly to the US on a promotional tour, but he vanished and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. On February 14th, 1995, Richey’s Vauxhall Cavalier received a parking ticket at the Severn View service station and on February 17th, the vehicle was reported as abandoned. The police then investigated the abandoned car report and searched the car. They found that the battery was dead and that the car had been lived in, but there was no sign of Richey anywhere. Due to the car’s proximity to the Severn Bridge (a renowned suicide location), it has been believed that he took his own life by jumping from the bridge. Close friends and relatives say that he was not the type to contemplate suicide, so it seems that theory is flawed. He was even quote in 1994 as saying, “In terms of the ‘S’ word, that does not enter my mind. And it never has done, in terms of an attempt. Because I am stronger than that. I might be a weak person, but I can take pain.” However, it is known that he did suffer from Bipolar disorder so it is possible that he might have decided to end his own life, but given his background and stance on suicide, it is not likely. Since his disappearance in 1995, there have been reported sighting of Richey in locations ranging from India to the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. None of these sightings have proven conclusive though. On November 23, 2008, Richey was legally declared dead and investigations into his death have reached a standstill. There is no evidence to indicate foul play or suicide, so his disappearance remains a mystery to this day and probably will for a long time.