Desperate parents ask: where is Adam?
THE parents of a geography student who has been missing for three weeks are desperate for information on his whereabouts.
Adam Seaton, from Southport, has been missing since the evening of Thursday, August 9 and a car used by Adam and his family was found the next morning parked at the RSPB car park in Southport, which leads to dangerous marshland.
Adam’s parents, Andy and Karen, have since learned that he planned to study the area for his geography work at Edge Hill University next year.
The 20-year-old, who works at the Morrisons superstore in Southport, has not been in contact after a text message conversation with a friend at 6.10pm.
Merseyside police are now renewing their appeal for anyone with any information about his whereabouts, or who may have seen him, to come forward urgently.
Andy, Adam’s father, said: “The car was left by the nature reserve on the Coastal Road at Marshside in Southport so we’re really keen to understand what happened from there and whether anyone saw Adam around there or has seen Adam anywhere because we really don’t know where he’s gone from there. If anyone was passing that particular area, has any dashcam footage or just feels that they saw Adam, if they can just get in touch with the police to let them know.”
Karen added: “Any evidence at all, it could be the car’s not there as opposed to the car being there, just to give the police a starting point as to when he arrived because we just don’t have any idea at all.”
Andy described his son as “very personable and sociable”, with a “good group of friends”. He also revealed that Adam is an adult leader with the local Griffin Explorer scout unit, having been involved in scouts since the age of six, and had always been a “hard-working” and “reliable” role model.
Karen last heard from Adam when she rang him from work on Thursday morning, as she would any day, and said nothing was out of the ordinary.
Although he wasn’t home when they returned from work, it did not set off any warning signs as he often would take last minute shifts at Morrisons, where the phone signal is poor, and would sometimes work until late at night in the warehouse.
The family became increasingly concerned overnight and Adam’s sister Helen, 22, spotted the car the next morning.
Police and fire services have since been conducting searches of the marshland area.
Adam is described as a white male, 6ft 2in, slim, with brown hair, pale complexion and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a burgundy tracksuit top, black and white T-shirt, blue jeans and burgundy Puma trainers.
Police are now reappealing for dashcam footage showing the movements of the car, a red Ford Fiesta with the registration MK59 GHA, with any sightings at any time on Thursday useful for helping to explain Adam’s movements.
Det Ch Insp Gayle Rooney said: “It’s now been three weeks since Adam was last seen and I know his family are desperate for information as to his whereabouts.
“It is thought that Adam may have driven his mum’s red Ford Fiesta car to the RSPB car park on Marshside/Marine Drive on Thursday, August 9 and I would ask anyone who was in the vicinity of that car park, or who has captured footage of the car Adam was driving, to get in touch as they may have vital information.
“A lot of people have been out and about searching for Adam around the marshlands area where the car was seen.
“While I know Adam’s family are very grateful for their assistance, I would remind people that a lot of the surrounding area is inaccessible and I would advise them to urge caution and check with the coastguard before attempting to go out around that area.”
Anyone who believes they may have seen Adam at any point from Thursday afternoon onwards, who visited or passed the RSPB reserve on the day, or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Merseyside police directly on 101.
Right, images of missing Adam Seaton on a sign near the town’s waterfront