Gordon Brown finally admitted last night, that Tony Blair has not been seen since Friday.
The PM was due to be questioned in the 'cash for peerages' scandal on Saturday but police say he failed to appear and they have now issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
After a suspected sighting of the Prime Minister on a bus to Manchester, police have been concentrating their search around the Yorkshire area.
It is believed that Mr Blair left Downing Street at around 5 pm on Friday and that he could be living rough somewhere on the Dales.
Close friend and bushcraft guru, Ray Mears, told us, "Tony is a survival expert. He can blend in, adapt, disappear....he will become a ghost."
Inspector Knacker of Scotland Yard told us, "There have been sightings of animal bones and the remains of a small campfire, which could indicate that the Prime Minister is still in the area. However, with his knowledge of the Dales and his survival skills, it could be months before we catch him."
Members of the public have been warned not to approach the PM if they see him as, according to police sources, he is armed and dangerous.
"Tony is a desperate man," said one Labour party minister, "He has a knife and will not hesitate to use it if he has to."