‘Please let us know you’re OK’: Parents of Derbyshire man missing for two months make emotional appeal
The parents of a young father from Derbyshire who has been missing for two months have told of their daily anguish – and urged him to make some form of contact to let them know he is OK.
Joshua Jones, 29, of Hurst Rise, Matlock, disappeared on December 12.
“We feel hollow,” said his dad Andrew, 53, of Darley Dale.
“Every day is horrendous – I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.
“From the second we wake up to when we try and sleep, we’re constantly thinking about Joshua.
“I believe he is alive and we just want to know he is safe.
“We are appealing to him to make some form of contact with us – whether it’s a note through our door, a text message, a phone call, anything – to let us know he is OK.”
A few days after Joshua went missing, his mother Fiona described her son as a ‘wonderful young man’ and a ‘brilliant father and husband’.
“This is so unlike him – it's just not like him at all,” she added.
Joshua left his home at 11.30am on December 12 and was seen in Sainsbury’s in Matlock at around 12.20pm on the same day, after having been in the Boyes shop at around noon.
Police released CCTV images of Joshua leaving Sainsbury’s and carrying what is believed to be an orange Sainsbury’s carrier bag.
Joshua was wearing a pair of blue jeans that day, together with a grey Superdry coat which is darker on the body with lighter grey sleeves. The coat has a hood which is bright green on the inside.
A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “Officers have been checking CCTV in the town, reviewing dashcam footage, distributing leaflets in the area and following up reported sightings of Joshua.
“We are grateful to everyone who has contacted us about Joshua and we would urge anyone with information, no matter how small, to contact the force using any of the below methods, quoting reference 518 of December 12.”
Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message the force’s contact centre via @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us
Phone – call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101