Family marks 10 years since disappearance of Andrew Gosden, who has links to Chislehurst and Sidcup
PUBLISHED: 11:47 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 15 September 2017
His father fell silent for 10 hours to raise money for Missing People
The family of Andrew Gosden marked the 10th anniversary of his disappearance yesterday with a vigil, as his father mounted a sponsored silence for 10 hours.
On September 14, 2007, Andrew, who was then 14-year-old, travelled to London from Doncaster and was never seen again.
Police immediately searched around Chislehurst and Sidcup, where he has relatives, but there has been no trace of him since he stepped off a train at Kings Cross station.
Writing on a fundraising website, his father, Kevin Gosden, said: “How the first days became weeks, months and now years is difficult to comprehend for us as a family
“When Andrew went missing, one of the things I noticed was how much quieter the house became.
“I imagine that those who have been bereaved find the same. Suddenly conversations are missing, the sound of someone else’s voice and activities in the house. It is a major aspect of the sudden and inexplicable emptiness a loved one leaves when they have gone.”
Mr Gosden’s sponsored silence has raised more than £2,000 for the Missing People charity.
Andrew left his home in the Balby area of Doncaster on September 14 2007 and was seen heading down Littlemoor Lane, towards Westfield Park, at around 8.30am.
Around an hour later, he withdrew £200 from his bank account and boarded a London bound train at Doncaster station.
Andrew was captured on CCTV at Kings Cross station at around 11.20am the same day.
DCI Joanne Bates said that, despite extensive inquiries, there have been no further positive sightings of Andrew since.
Ms Bates said: “Throughout the 10 years since Andrew’s disappearance, thorough and comprehensive enquiries and leads have been looked into and investigated to ascertain the circumstances and to establish where he may be.”
The detective detailed the extensive lengths the police had gone to, including examining whether anyone had requested Andrew’s glasses prescription and consulting with a behavioural investigative analyst.
She said: “I would ask anyone, maybe new friends, neighbours or work mates, who believes they know a 24-year-old man that could be Andrew, but aren’t aware of his past beyond the last few years to please come forward.
“In addition, any professionals, including doctors, dentists or hospital staff who may have treated a 24-year-old man who has no records going back beyond the last 10 years, you could hold information that proves vital to locating Andrew and I would ask you to please make contact with police.
“And to Andrew, a personal appeal, please contact us, completely confidentially, and let us know you are safe and well and we can reassure your family you have come to no harm.”
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