Age-digital picture clue to missing teen
PUBLISHED: 16:40 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010
THE devastated family of a missing teenager are hoping new age-progressed images of him will help bring him home. Next Monday will mark two heartbreaking years since Andrew Gosden, who has family in Chislehurst, Sidcup and Blackheath, disappeared from h
THE devastated family of a missing teenager are hoping new age-progressed images of him will help bring him home.
Next Monday will mark two heartbreaking years since Andrew Gosden, who has family in Chislehurst, Sidcup and Blackheath, disappeared from his home in Doncaster.
He boarded a train to London Kings Cross where CCTV footage shows him leaving the station at 11.30am, but after that the trail of his whereabouts goes cold.
His father Kevin Gosden, 43, who suffered a breakdown as a result of his son's disappearance, has released images which show how the now 16-year-old may now look.
Speaking from his home in Doncaster, he said: "It's almost two years since he went missing. It's quite hard to guess how I will feel on Monday. Two years ago is as fresh in my mind as yesterday but I have no idea where I have been in the meantime except crazily running around trying to find him. It does feel like a big milestone.
"We are hoping that the pictures will maybe give people an idea of how Andrew looks now. They may unwittingly know him. We are stubbornly refusing to give up, but I don't know how much more we can do to publicise it."
The teen took £200, a portable Playstation and his favourite black canvas bag which had rock and metal band badges sewn on it. The reasons for his disappearance remain a mystery - the family were close and had no arguments prior to him leaving.
The family have written an open letter to their son and brother which reads: "We have all missed you so much since the day you left. Not a day goes by that you are not in our minds constantly. You were always so witty, polite, caring and intelligent that we desperately miss your company. The same is true of all your friends and the thousands of people who have prayed for you and helped us search for you.
"If you should ever read this, forget about any water under the bridge and please have no fear about making contact with us. We do not care where you have been or what lifestyle you choose for yourself. We only want to know that you are safe and well and to help and support you if we can.
"We remain as proud of you as we have always been and love you deeply. All our love, Dad, Mum & Charlie xxx"
n Anyone with information on Andrew's whereabouts can contact Missing People confidentially on 0500 700 700 or the Runaway helpline on freephone 0808 800 70 70 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.