Mum's plea for son to come home

By Annie DavidsonA MOTHER has made an emotional plea for help to find her teenage son who has gone missing from his home.Jamie Marshall, 16, was last seen on Friday at Shenfield railway station, where he said he was catching a train home to Dovercourt.

By Annie Davidson

A MOTHER has made an emotional plea for help to find her teenage son who has gone missing from his home.

Jamie Marshall, 16, was last seen on Friday at Shenfield railway station, where he said he was catching a train home to Dovercourt.

But the Colchester Institute student never arrived and has not been heard from since.


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His mother, Joanne, said last night she just wanted to know her “lovely, jolly boy” was safe.

She added: “I don't care if he has done something, I am not interested. I just want him back.”

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Jamie left his Chaffinch Drive home on the morning of February 11 to go to college and finished his lessons at noon.

But he did not return home that afternoon and his mother reported him missing to police.

Jamie was found by police in Brentwood - where the family lived until two years ago - on Friday and spoke to his mother on the telephone, saying he would come home.

Officers put him on the train to Dovercourt, but a friend of Jamie's later told Mrs Marshall that her son had got off at Shenfield.

His friend last saw him going into the town's railway station at 1.30pm on Friday, saying he was catching the train to Dovercourt and would go home.

Mrs Marshall, 41, her husband David, 48, and their 18-year-old daughter, Kerry, have travelled all over Essex looking for Jamie since his disappearance.

“I have been all over. I have been to Colchester, Clacton, around Harwich and Dovercourt, Ingatestone, Brentwood, Shenfield and Hutton,” she said.

“It is like looking for a needle in a haystack because I don't know where he is. I feel like I am going out of my mind.

“My husband does not know whether he is coming or going. We just want to know he is safe. If for some reason he does not want to come home, that is fine, as long as he is safe.

“The longer this goes on its gets worse and worse. I feel something is really wrong.”

Jamie, who wants to be an estate agent, is described as 4ft 8in tall, very slim, with short, cropped, blond hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a dark-grey New York Yankees fleece, grey tracksuit bottoms and white Adidas trainers.

Mrs Marshall said Jamie had gone missing before, but only for one night and usually something had triggered off a need for him to “have his own space”.

“Someone must know where he is. He is such a lovely boy. Every morning when I open the curtains, I hope to see him standing on the front step,” she added.

Anyone with information should contact Harwich police on 01255 241312.

annie.davidson@eadt.co.uk

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