THE FAMILY of Bromsgrove teenager Thomas Jones who has now been missing for more than a week say they are remaining positive, will not stop looking for him and are confident they will find him soon.
Thomas was last seen during the early hours of last Wednesday, September 19, walking close to the River Severn in Worcester, where he had gone to start university.
Speaking to The Standard earlier, Thomas’ auntie Jackie Rodgers said: “He went to a West Brom match on September 18 which meant he was quite late meeting his friends in the Velvet Nightclub later that evening.
“After his night out we know he crossed the Sabrina Footbridge in the early hours but that’s still all we know.
“He’s a very sensible person, so for him to go missing is very out of character.”
Thomas’ family and friends have spent today knocking on people’s houses in Worcester to see if they have seen or heard anything.
They especially targeted homes which had CCTV attached in case the cameras had captured Thomas walking past.
“The people of Worcester have been so fantastic and everyone has been so willing to help.”
A ‘Find Jonah’ Facebook group dedicated to finding the 18-year-old has more than 22,000 followers.
It was set up by Thomas’ friend Harley Hetherington, who attended South Bromsgrove High School with him.
On the group’s page, Harley said: “The last known contact we have with Tom was at 3.46am on September 19 when he sent a text to his flatmate.”
West Mercia Search and Rescue officers have spent the last week searching the River Severn while specially trained officers have been carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the circumstances around Thomas’ disappearance.
Re-appealing for information Supt Damian Pettit asked the local community to think carefully about what they were doing last Tuesday evening and in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
If someone was driving past the area between 3.30am and 4am they may have recorded Thomas on their vehicle’s dash-cam.
“This investigation remains a priority for us and we will do everything in our power to find out what happened,” added Supt Pettit.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101.