Yorkshire's unsolved missing people cases featured on The Missing podcast as their relatives continue to seek answers

Two people from Yorkshire who 'vanished into thin air' have been made the subject of a podcast re-examining long-term unsolved missing persons cases.

The cases of Doncaster teenager Andrew Gosden and Sowerby Bridge man Charles Horvath-Allen are being opened up and delved back into in The Missing, a podcast created in the hopes of keeping their names fresh in the public's memory.

Host Pandora Sykes joins with the Missing People's charity to take a fresh look at both cases, dedicating an episode each to adults and children who have seemingly vanished without a trace – sometimes decades ago – with no bodies or evidence to point towards their fate.

In a case described as 'senseless, unfathomable and illogical', 14-year-old Andrew Gosden was reported missing by his family after failing to come home on a school day on September 14, 2007.

(Left) missing Andrew Gosden, who disappeared in London from his home in Doncaster in 2007, and Charles Horvath-Allan, who vanished in Canada in 1989

Detectives later found Andrew had withdrawn £200 from his bank account and, for reasons unbeknownst to any of his family or friends, bought a single train ticket from Doncaster to London.

A boy who had "never missed a day of school" who "loved rock music and computer games", Andrew has not been seen or heard from since he was picked up on CCTV leaving King's Cross Station the same day.

His father, Kevin Gosden, continues to search for his son and for answers, and speaks to Ms Sykes in the podcast.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, he described his son's case as being like "the 21st-Century Mary Celeste".

Andrew Gosden, and an artist's impression of what he might look like now

"Over the years, the speculation can get boring. We have gone through every imaginable scenario with what happened to Andrew and all it does is repeat mental torture," said Mr Gosden, 55.

"If there is any legacy to all of this hell, it's that people will become more aware of the charity Missing People and the work it does. We don't know if Andrew ran away or not, but if he did, I'd like to think there is somewhere for young people to turn to if they are feeling as if the grass would be greener elsewhere."

There are currently more than 250 unsolved cases of missing people in Yorkshire, with one person reported missing in the region every 15 minutes.

Charles Horvath-Allen, a 20-year-old backpacker originally from Sowerby Bridge, disappeared in Canada in May 1989 while visiting the country for a hiking trip.

Kevin Gosden pictured at home in his son's bedroom, which has remained unaltered since he was reported missing in 2007

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police failed to take action and his mother, Denise, travelled to British Colombia where she knew he had last been, finding that he had been in a camping site in the city of Kelowna where staff had collected a small number of his belongings after he disappeared.

Mr Horvath-Allan was officially declared dead by a court in August last year, under the Presumption of Death Act 2013, although his mother has said she would continue to search for answers over what happened to her son until her death.

His mother, who now lives in London, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled and privileged that they are taking on my Charles' case, I hope it will provide me with answers on the fate of my son.

"To not know has been cruel, it has been the worst part.

Charles Horvath-Allan pictured with his mother, Denise. Picture: SWNS

"Families of missing people will never get closure, you will always have lost a loved one, but if I can get some answers I think it will ease some of the torment I have suffered for the last 31 years."

Anyone with any information about either Andrew Gosden or Charles Horvath-Allan can contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously. Anyone who is missing or thinking of leaving home can also contact the Missing People UK charity confidentially on 116 000.

The Missing is available on Apple podcasts, Spotify and Google podcasts.

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