Robbie Williams jokes he’ll hire a private detective to locate AWOL Jason Orange

Determined Robbie Williams is clearly keen to hunt down reclusive former Take That bandmate Jason Orange.

Jason, 49, quit the group in 2014 but the remaining members were desperate for the singer to rejoin them and Robbie for their special look back last December.

But he couldn't be traced despite their best efforts – and still none of them can track him down.

Robbie has told The Sun that he wants to go to extreme measures to find his old pal.

“You know you can have that Find My Phone thing?" he said.

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“The whole of Take That should have a 'locate Jason Orange thing' because none of us know where he’s gone.

“I should hire a private detective — he finds out where Jason Orange is, we inject him with a beeping thing, a chip, then we know where Jason is at all times.”

A year ago fans were transported back to their teenage years as they took a nostalgia trip to the 90s with their idols.

We've Come A Long Way took us all back as the band celebrate 30 years in each other's company.

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But Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald were all left devastated as their calls to Jason weren't returned.

"It was almost worse for me than when Robbie left," said Mark on the BBC show, talking about Jason's self-imposed exile.

It appears the singer has totally gone to ground and wants nothing more to do with the band – and wouldn't even consider sitting down to reminisce.

Four years ago he insisted there had been "no fallings out" but made clear touring was now off the table.

He said in a statement: “I want to start by saying how proud I am of what we have achieved together over the years. However, at a band meeting last week I confirmed to Mark, Gary and Howard that I do not wish to commit to recording and promoting a new album.

“I have spent some of the best years of my life with Take That and I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey, including my bandmates, who I feel are like brothers to me."

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