'The longest two weeks of my life'
PUBLISHED: 16:23 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 July 2010
THE girlfriend of a teenager who went missing on Christmas Eve was the last person to make contact with him. Speaking exclusively to the Times, Charlotte Smith, 16, of Park End, Bromley, told of her heartache since her boyfriend Joshua Beasley (pictured
THE girlfriend of a teenager who went missing on Christmas Eve was the last person to make contact with him.
Speaking exclusively to the Times, Charlotte Smith, 16, of Park End, Bromley, told of her heartache since her boyfriend Joshua Beasley (pictured right) disappeared.
The 17-year-old Thomas Tallis pupil went missing on Christmas Eve after drinking in Greenwich town centre with friends.
He was last seen at a 286 bus stop in Romney Road, Greenwich at 5.15pm looking at his mobile phone - possibly reading a text from his girlfriend.
Miss Smith said: "My text was the last thing to get through to his phone. I told him I'd ring later so have a good night.
"We usually talk every night so it didn't occur to ring him then. I wish I had."
Mr Beasley's phone went dead at 5.30pm and police do not know his movements after he was seen at the bus stop.
His friends last saw him at the Gate Clock pub in Greenwich where he then left alone to head for the ice skating rink by the Old Royal Naval College.
Since his disappearance, Miss Smith has been helping Joshua's family with daily searches and distributing appeal posters.
She has also set up a MySpace page appealing for information that has so far reached 1,000 people.
Miss Smith said: "I would talk to him every day, spend time with him most days. It's a complete shock to the system. I miss him.
"It's been the longest two weeks of my life, because the longer it goes on the more that could have happened."
The Ravensbourne School pupil spent Christmas Day in floods of tears after discovering that Mr Beasley had not come home.
She said: "It ruined Christmas. I spent the day ringing people and then trying to find out where he was and then on Boxing Day I went out looking.
"We just need people to come forward if they saw something, anything that could be the piece of the puzzle still missing."
On Tuesday Ms Smith returned to school.
She said: "My friends have been great and I know people mean well, but I don't want pity - I'm not a victim of anything. I want their help not their pity."
There has only been one confirmed sighting of Joshua since Christmas Eve.
Police believe he may have returned to the Creek Road area.
To down load Joshua's missing poster visit http://www.myspace.com/joshbeasleymissing.
If you saw Joshua on Christmas Eve or since, call 020 8721 4868 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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