Mother of missing Hartlepool man Gabriel Kariuki is 'very distressed', say police
The mother of missing Hartlepool man Gabriel Kariuki is “very distressed” at his disappearance, says the man spearheading the search.
Gabriel, 26, has been missing since Monday, May 17.
Detective Superintendent John Bent, who is leading the missing person inquiry, said Gabriel had a close relationship with his mum, with whom he lived, and she was desperate for news of her son.
“Gabriel has now been missing from home for three days,” he said on Thursday.
“He was last seen by his mum at around 10pm on Monday, May 17, in the Grange Road area of Hartlepool.
“We now have a later sighting which from about half past midnight, so the early hours of Tuesday, May 18, of Gabriel in Victoria Road, in Hartlepool, close to Loons public house, and we believe he was walking in the direction of the Marina.
“We’re in close contact with Gabriel’s mum who is understandably very distressed and says it is absolutely out of character for her son to not be in contact with her.
"She was already concerned about the fact he was experiencing low mood in recent weeks.
“Gabriel was living with his mum and they have a close relationship.
“We’d like to appeal directly to Gabriel or anyone who may be in touch with him to say - please contact your mum who wants you home and safe.
“One of our lines of enquiry is that Gabriel may have travelled out of the area towards Birmingham where he has friends, so we’d particularly appeal to anyone travelling by train to look out for him and we’re working closely with British Transport Police.
“However, this is just one part of our investigation – this latest sighting in Victoria Road shows him still in the local area - so we’d appeal to people in Hartlepool to be alert for sightings of Gabriel and to call police on 101.”
Gabriel is described as a black male of medium build and around 5ft 6in tall with black hair which is braided on top and shaved at the sides.
On the night he was reported missing he was wearing a blue parka coat with a fur collar on the hood, a green hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and orange Nike branded trainers. He was carrying a black rucksack.