Police searching for missing rugby player Levi Davis discovered his passport today, his worried family revealed.
Officers in Barcelona say the travel document was discovered a few days ago but aren’t saying much else.
Mr Davis has not been seen in three weeks, and neither his mobile phone nor his bank accounts have been used.
Missing posters are now being displayed throughout the Catalan capital in an urgent plea for information on his whereabouts.
Mr Davis, who played rugby union for Bath and also appeared on Celebrity X-Factor, vanished after being caught on CCTV leaving the Old Irish Pub on Barcelona’s bustling La Rambla street at 10.05pm on October 29.
He is now known to have walked the short distance north to the Hard Rock Cafe where the trail has gone cold.
His mother, Julie Davis, who flew out to Barcelona to help with the search before returning home to Birmingham, said the family were becoming ‘increasingly concerned.’
She told MailOnline today: ‘This is a very worrying development because you cannot do anything in Barcelona without a passport.
‘Besides travel, you cannot book into a hotel or even rent somewhere without one. We know that his phone and two bank accounts have been untouched since he disappeared and so this is another blow.
‘There have been a few sightings of someone looking like Levi near La Boqueria Market and the Arc de Triomf monument over the last week but sadly we are not sure it’s him.
‘We remain hopeful but there have been no confirmed reports of Levi since the day he disappeared on October 29 and we are becoming increasingly concerned.
‘We’re very grateful to the police, particularly the Mossos D’esqurdra, and the British Consulate who are working very hard to find Levi.
‘This is the worst feeling in the world not knowing where Levi is. We just hope he is ok and want him home as soon as possible.’
Mr Davis had only been in Barcelona for three-hours, having arrived at the ferry port at 7pm following an eight-hour crossing from Ibiza, where he had been on holiday with friends.
His phone signal was last picked up near the city’s Sants mainline train station overnight on October 29.
Mr Davis visited the Old Irish Pub for only 35 minutes and the station is just over two miles away.
According to the barmaid who served him, he ordered a pint of Heineken and watched the Liverpool vs. Leeds game on television as well as a live singer before leaving.
Security cameras captured him exiting the venue, heading towards the Hard Rock Cafe, carrying a small black rucksack and dressed in a white short-sleeved T-shirt, black trousers, and black and white trainers.
Police in Barcelona have applied to the courts to obtain further CCTV footage from other local businesses to see where he went from La Rambla.