Dad’s plea to miss­ing son two years af­ter he van­ished


The Chronicle - - News - By HAN­NAH GRA­HAM Re­porter han­nah.gra­ham@trin­i­tymir­ @Han­nahGra­ham21

IT’S been two years since Paul Whin­ham last saw his son, Michael.

The then-31-year-old van­ished on Novem­ber 14, 2015, and his dad hasn’t seen him since – but he’s never given up hope he will come home.

On yes­ter­day’s an­niver­sary of his son’s dis­ap­pear­ance, des­per­ate Paul, of Wallsend, has shared a plea for the son he misses so much.

In a heart-wrench­ing video, he tells Michael: “Wher­ever you are, if you’re happy with what you’re do­ing, there’s no prob­lem; if you’ve got a prob­lem, there’s no prob­lem we can’t over­come to­gether.

“All I would like to say to you is we all love you, and miss you, and ba­si­cally just want you home.”

The de­voted dad says he’s con­fi­dent his son is out there some­where.

He has kept Michael’s home in Oak­field Gar­dens, New­cas­tle, just as it was when he left.

And yes­ter­day he spent the day re­plac­ing the posters around St James’ Park, show­ing his son’s face, in the hope that he’ll be one day be recog­nised by one of the foot­ball fans trav­el­ling from across the coun­try.

He said: “The longer we go with no body be­ing found, the more I’m con­vinced he’s alive.

“That’s what’s keep­ing me pos­i­tive – it’s so easy, even in this day and age, for some­one to dis­ap­pear.

“If he wants to be on his own, that’s ok – I just want him to get in touch and let us know that he’s al­right.

“The longer peo­ple are miss­ing, the harder it can be for them to come home, be­cause they don’t know if peo­ple are wait­ing for them, so we just need to let him know that we want him back, and we’re here for him, and hop­ing he sees it.”

The long search has been tough on Paul, 67, as well as his other son, also Paul, 35.

Michael’s half-sis­ter Jes­sica, 16, who spent a lot of time with him, still at­tends the church the pair used to visit to­gether, where she says she feels closer to him.

Paul’s cam­paign to bring Michael home has seen him build close con­nec­tions to the fam­i­lies of other miss­ing peo­ple.

He has even writ­ten to the Prime Min­is­ter to ask about the fund­ing for miss­ing per­sons searches around the UK.

The last con­firmed sight­ing of Michael was CCTV which showed him leav­ing New­cas­tle Crown Court, on the Quay­side on the day of his dis­ap­pear­ance.

He is de­scribed as 5ft 11ins tall and of thin build.

It is not known what clothes he was wear­ing when he went miss­ing.

Paul be­lieves he may have re­cently been liv­ing in the Ed­in­burgh area.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about him can con­tact his fam­ily through the Miss­ing Peo­ple char­ity, on 116 000.

Dad Paul (top) is still hope­ful of see­ing his son Michael again

The last footage of Michael be­fore his dis­ap­pear­ance

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