NEW “digitally aged” pictures showing how a missing man might look two decades after his disappearance have been released by detectives hoping to reunite him with his family.
The mother and sister of Sean Alexander Thompson, who was last seen on March 18, 1993, leaving his home in Knottingley, told of their pain yesterday as they appealed for information about him.
Police investigating his disappearance have altered an old image of Mr Thompson, who was 25 when he went missing, to show what he could look like today.
Previous appeals to help find him have been unsuccessful despite him suffering from the rare medical condition metatarsus varus that meant he constantly walked on his tiptoes.
Mr Thompson’s sister Ruth said: “Sean’s now been missing for 20 years and they always say time’s a healer, but for us it hasn’t been, as we have no idea where Sean is, it’s like he’s literally fallen off the face of the earth.
“We live every day hoping he will walk back into our lives and we will know he is safe. Sean was very quiet but would do anything for anyone; he was very kind, friendly and caring.
“It’s been very hard not knowing what’s happened to Sean. Dad died not knowing and I know Mum doesn’t want to be in the same situation. Sean we love you and miss you.”
Mr Thompson was last seen by his older sister at 10am on the day he disappeared leaving his home address on Hazel Road. He was walking from Knottingley to Pontefract to go to the job centre.
At the time of his disappearance he was described as white, between 5ft 10in and 5ft 11in tall, of slim build with a pale complexion, short brown hair, brown eyes and a Yorkshire accent.
The digitally aged pictures, created by police artists as a best estimate of how Mr Thompson might now look, have been released on social media networks.
Det Chief Insp Neil Lineham, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “It is very unusual for someone to not be seen or heard of for this amount of time. Someone will know where Sean is.”
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101 or national charity Missing People on 116000. For information follow the hashtag #findseanthompson on Twitter.