THE mum of missing Scott Fletcher has appealed for help to get him home after revealing the heartache of having to explain to his daughter where he is on Christmas Day.
The 27-year-old Hartlepool man was last seen at around 8.20pm on May 11 in the lay-by opposite the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill.
Police and his family have now joined forces to issue a heartfelt plea and say his young daughter faces her first Christmas without her dad.
Scott’s family, including mum and dad Julie and John Fletcher, four-year-old daughter Lucie, and Scott’s ex-partner Shelley Marshall, who is Lucie’s mother, have been distraught since his disappearance.
Mum Julie said: “I cannot describe how difficult it has been since Scott went missing, especially because we don’t know what to tell his daughter – we don’t know ourselves, so what do we say to Lucie when she asks where her daddy is?
“What do we tell her on Christmas Day when she is opening her presents and asks where her daddy is?
“It is even harder to cope with the situation now that Christmas is here, not knowing where Scott is and knowing that he won’t be with us and Lucie, at a time when families should be together.
“We have lived with this every minute of every day for the last eight months – we just want to know where Scott is.
“I would plead with anyone who may know something – anything – in relation to Scott, to contact the police and help to end this nightmare for all of us.”
The search for Scott has extended to the County Durham, Cumbria and Liverpool areas, as it is believed he has connections there.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green, of Hartlepool Police, said: “I have seen first hand the turmoil Scott’s family have suffered since he went missing and as Christmas draws closer, it is going to be even more distressing for them as his whereabouts remain unclear.
“As time passes, we are increasingly concerned about where Scott may be and we cannot rule out the possibility of him having come to some harm.
“I am certain that people locally can help to unlock the answers in relation to Scott’s whereabouts and I would appeal to them to contact us, in confidence if necessary, and help end the suffering his family are going through.”
Anyone with information regarding Scott’s whereabouts is asked to contact Det Chf Insp Green on (01642) 302110.