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First Published Saturday, 4th October, 2008.

Asperger’s boy ‘sleeping rough’


Gerwyn Morgan

Gerwyn Morgan needs to take medication

A teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome who has gone missing may be sleeping rough, South Wales Police believe.


There have been several reported sightings of Gerwyn Morgan, 14, since he left home in Merthyr Tydfil at about 1500 BST on Wednesday, 24 September.


Residents have been asked to checked such places as outbuildings, garages and sheds.


Officers say they are becoming more concerned for the safety of Gerwyn, who needs to take medication.


Superintendent Tony Smith said: “Gerwyn is very young and we believe he may be sleeping rough and we are very anxious to find him to know he is safe and well.


“We are growing increasingly concerned for Gerwyn’s welfare. He has not had his medication which it is vital he takes for his well-being.


“We are concerned he is putting himself at risk by not taking it.”


Gerwyn was wearing cargo camouflage trousers, a blue t-shirt and a red sweater.


He is described as white, 5ft 9in (1.75m), with short untidy brown hair, thin build, spotty complexion and brown eyes.


Police ask anyone who notices “suspicious activity” in any outbuildings to get in touch. They also want to hear from anyone with information about Gerwyn.


Supt Smith said: “I’d urge anyone who may have seen Gerwyn or knows where he is to get in touch with us immediately”.


Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism that affects how a person makes sense of the world. It can also cause problems with social skills.


Anyone who has information about Gerwyn or who knows his whereabouts can contact police on 01656 655555 or 01685 722541.


Source:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7652900.stm

‘Please come home son, we love you’


THE mother of a missing autistic teenager today made a heartfelt plea for her son to come home for his birthday.


Gerwyn Morgan, who turns 15 today, was last seen in his family home at The Grawen, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, 12 days ago.


Distraught Carole Curtis said: “Just come home son, we are all missing you and love you.”


Police have now extended their search for the schoolboy, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism and was last seen on September 24 at 2.40pm.


His mother said she lives in hope of good news with every ring of the phone.


Mrs Curtis said: “I’ve tried to be strong because of my 12-year-old daughter but now I’m just breaking down. My husband and my mother are trying to be strong for me.


“My head is in a whirl. If I drop off to sleep I’m having nightmares. I don’t know what to think. I’m at my wits’ end. I’m just praying Gerwyn will walk though the door. He should be home with us celebrating his birthday.”


Mrs Curtis added: “He doesn’t have any sense of direction, time or distance and what worries me is he is too trusting of people.


“If I try to eat I choke on my food because I feel guilty that he may not be eating.”


Detective Inspector Peter Pope said today: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Gerwyn’s welfare. He has not had his medication, and it is vital he takes for his well being.”


Officers are following up the latest unconfirmed sighting of the teenager, who had no money or change of clothes. A young boy was spotted near the A470 layby at Storey Arms, between Merthyr and Brecon at 8pm on Saturday. Extensive ground and air searches have been carried out and the police helicopter has flown over Morlais Quarry.


Officers believe he may be sleeping rough. Householders have been asked to check their outhouses, garages and garden sheds.


Mrs Curtis, who has been out searching for her son with family and friends, and has put up missing posters in Merthyr, said: “The police have been up to Cyfarthfa Park with dogs.


“I’ve been up there with our dog Sheba. I know if Gerwyn had been around and saw Sheba, he would have dropped his guard and come to Sheba.


“I’m even thinking of asking people who have hunting dogs to come to the house to pick up Gerwyn’s scent to try to find him.”

“My oldest son William has been out in his car looking for him and friends have also gone out, but there has been no sign of him.”


Gerwyn was wearing camouflaged trousers, a pale yellow t-shirt and black school shoes when he left his home after returning from Penydre High School.


He is described as white, 5ft 9in (1.75m), with short untidy brown hair, thin build, spotty complexion and brown eyes.


Mrs Curtis fears he might think he was in trouble after a shopkeeper accused him of stealing a comic early that week.


Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 01656 655555 or Merthyr Police Station on 01685 722541.


jackie.bow@mediawales.co.uk


Source:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/10/06/please-come-home-son-we-love-you-91466-21973840/

Mum blasts cruel rumour mongers


THE mother of an autistic son who has gone missing has blasted the vicious rumour monger who has spread word that the boy is dead.


Carole Curtis is the mum of missing autistic teenager Gerwyn Morgan (inset), who turned 15 on Monday (October 6).


Despite her heartfelt pleas, Gerwyn failed to return home in time for his birthday after he went missing from home on September 24.


And the family have been hit with a new low after hearing rumours about his death.


Mrs Curtis said: “My son rang to tell me some sick person has put a rumour around that Gerwyn’s been found dead in St Tydfil’s Hospital.


“I could really do without that sort of thing at the moment; it is disgusting.”


But the mum still lives in hope that Gerwyn, who has a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome, will return home safe and sound.


She said: “The police have put a whole new batch of posters up and a friend of mine has put more up around Aberdare way. We’re trying to spread them further afield.”


Days before Gerwyn’s birthday, Mrs Curtis, who lives in The Grawen, Brecon Road, said: “Just come home son, we are all missing you and love you.”


And she spoke of the family’s pain at not knowing where Gerwyn is.


She said: “I’ve tried to be strong because of my 12-year-old daughter but now I’m just breaking down. My husband and my mother are trying to be strong for me.


“My head is in a whirl. If I drop off to sleep I’m having nightmares. I don’t know what to think. I’m at my wits’ end. I’m just praying Gerwyn will walk though the door.”


Mrs Curtis added: “He doesn’t have any sense of direction, time or distance and what worries me is he is too trusting of people.”


Detective Inspector Peter Pope said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Gerwyn’s welfare. He has not had his medication, and it is vital he takes it for his well being.”


Recent reported sightings near the Storey Arms of the teenager, who had no money or change of clothes, are still unconfirmed by police.


Officers believe he may be sleeping rough, and householders have been asked to check their outhouses, garages and garden sheds.


Mrs Curtis, who has been out searching for her son with family and friends, said: “The police have been up to Cyfarthfa Park with dogs. I’ve been up there with our dog, Sheba. I know if Gerwyn had been around and saw Sheba, he would have dropped his guard and come to Sheba.”


Gerwyn was wearing camouflage trousers, a pale yellow t-shirt and black school shoes when he left his home after returning from Penydre High School.


He is described as white, 5ft 9in (1.75m), with short untidy brown hair, thin build, spotty complexion and brown eyes.


Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 01656 655555 or Merthyr Police Station on 01685 722541.


Source:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/merthyr/2008/10/09/mum-blasts-cruel-rumour-mongers-91466-21993887/

Voicemail in Asperger’s boy hunt


Gerwyn Morgan

Gerwyn Morgan needs medication, say police

A voicemail message service has been set up by South Wales Police for people to leave information about a missing teenager who has Asperger’s syndrome.


Gerwyn Morgan, 15, who needs to take medication, has not been seen since he left his Merthyr Tydfil home on the afternoon of Wednesday, 24 September.


The 01685 724323 service – which is also for text – is for anyone who might not want to contact police directly.


There were hopes Gerwyn would have made contact last Monday, his 15th birthday.


A poster campaign has also been launched in the Merthyr area.


There have been some unconfirmed sightings of the teenager since he disappeared but police said the last time he was actually seen was on 25 September, when he was caught on CCTV in Merthyr town centre.


Please call me, Gerwyn, get in touch through the school or the police so we can have a chat and know that you are OK
Rob Stevens, youth worker and Gerwyn’s friend

Police launched the voicemail hoping to gather more information about his movements over the last two and a half weeks.


Officers were also stopping shoppers at the local Asda and Tesco stores to show them posters of the missing boy.


“Some people may feel uncomfortable about phoning a police station or speaking to an officer if they only have a little piece of information they are unsure about,” said Ch Insp Ian Bellshaw.


“They might worry that police will think they are wasting their time or that it won’t be any use but at this stage any piece of information about sightings of Gerwyn, who he might be with or his movements could be a great help in finding him safe and well.”


He said any information will be treated confidentially by officers.


‘Very worried’


Gerwyn is described as white, 5ft 9in (1.75m), with short untidy brown hair, thin build, spotty complexion and brown eyes.


Earlier, a friend of Gerwyn and youth worker also issued a plea for him to get in touch.


Rob Stevens, Gerwyn’s learning support assistant at Pen Y Dre school in Merthyr, said the teenager had left on the day he was last seen “like on any other day”.


“We are now all very worried about him,” he said.


“If Gerwyn is staying away from home I want him to know that I and his teachers and classmates want him to come back safe.


“Please call me, Gerwyn, get in touch through the school or the police so we can have a chat and know that you are OK.”


“You are not in any trouble, we just want you to be safe.”


Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism that affects how a person makes sense of the world. It can also cause problems with social skills.


Anyone who has information about Gerwyn or who knows his whereabouts can contact police on 01656 655555 or 01685 722541.


Source:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7664038.stm

‘We’re all worried, we want you back’


Gerwyn

A FRIEND and tutor today made a desperate plea to missing South Wales teenager Gerwyn Morgan.


“Call me, Gerwyn, or even come to the school, we are really worried about you, we all want you back,” said Rob Stevens to the 15- year-old pupil, who has been missing for 16 days.


Gerwyn, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, and needs to take daily medication, left his home in the Brecon Road area of Merthyr Tydfil on Wednesday, September 24.


His distraught family, who were praying he would return for his birthday last Monday, has not heard from him since.


Despite extensive police investigations there have been no confirmed sightings of him since September 25.


Chief Inspector Ian Bellshaw said: “We are still very worried about Gerwyn. He is only 15. He needs his medication and we need to find him.


“We have made appeals for Gerwyn to come home but this will not have much effect if he is deliberately staying away and does not want to be found.


“If Gerwyn is out and about we want to reassure him that he is not in any trouble but we need him to contact us or Mr Stevens so we know he is safe and well.”


Today the police were launching a massive poster campaign, hoping to jog people’s memories and gather information about Gerwyn’s movements within the last two weeks.


Rob, 55, a learning support assistant at Pen Y Dre school, has worked closely with Gerwyn as a one-to-one mentor for the last two years.


He urges him: “Don’t be afraid to contact me through the school or the police for a chat.


“You’re not in any trouble. We just want to see your safe return home and to school.


“If you only want to speak to me then the police can get hold of me. Someone else can contact them for you, or you’ve got the school number.”


Pupils have been told they should ring the police immediately if they see Gerwyn.


“Most children have mobiles these days and should use them straight away,” said Rob.


“Gerwyn’s family are heartbroken and everybody at Pen y dre School is very, very concerned about his welfare and safety.


“Everybody wants Gerwyn back as soon as possible.


“I would urge anybody that sees Gerwyn to contact the police immediately and I can’t emphasis the word immediately enough,” said Rob. “The sooner they are contacted the quicker they can respond.


“And anyone who may know where he is should tell Gerwyn to go home.


“We are very optimistic the outcome will be the one we are all wishing and praying for.”


Gerwyn is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall with short, untidy brown hair, thin build, spotty complexion and brown eyes.


Anyone who has information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 01656 655555 or Merthyr police station on 01685 722541 or Pen Y Dre school on 01685 721726.


Source:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/merthyr/2008/10/10/we-re-all-worried-we-want-you-back-91466-22007311/

CCTV footage

Missing teenager spotted at railway station


TEENAGER Gerwyn Morgan was spotted at a Bristol railway station two days after he went missing three weeks ago, it emerged today.

CCTV footage has confirmed a sighting of Merthyr Tydfil schoolboy Gerwyn by a police community support officer (PCSO) at Bristol Temple Meads railway station at 9.45am on September 26 – two days after his family last saw him.


It is not clear if 15-year-old Gerwyn, who has Asperger’s syndrome, had just arrived there or was trying to catch a train to somewhere else.


Today his mother Carole Curtis is travelling to Bristol by car with police officers to make TV and radio appeals.


During the journey, she spoke to Media Wales and said: “I’m on my way to Bristol in case he’s still there. The nearer I’m getting the worse I’m feeling.”


“I’m in a worst state now than ever. Bristol’s such a big place.”


Extensive investigations to trace Gerwyn’s movements are continuing and the police want to hear from anyone who may have seen Gerwyn, or knows where he is to get in touch.


“You won’t be in trouble, please come home” is the message Chief Inspector Ian Bellshaw wants the schoolboy to hear.


“I want Gerwyn to understand that he is not in any trouble – we just need to know that he is safe.


“If he’s worried about getting in trouble for running away then I want him to know that he hasn’t done anything wrong, we just need him to get in touch”.


“Though it is encouraging that we have another sighting of him in Bristol.This was more than 10 days ago and we do not know what has happened to him since.


“There is every possibility that he has now returned to South Wales as there have been further possible sightings of him in the area.”


Source:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/merthyr/2008/10/17/missing-teenager-spotted-at-railway-station-91466-22058186/

Missing Asperger’s boy found safe


Gerwyn Morgan

Gerwyn Morgan was found in apparent good health in London, say police

A teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome who went missing nearly a month ago has been found safe and well in London.


The search for Gerwyn Morgan, 15, of Merthyr Tydfil, had led South Wales Police to set up a voicemail service for people to pass on information.


There was particular concern because Gerwyn, who disappeared on 24 September, needs to take medication.


Police thanked media support during the search, which included reports of sightings at a Bristol railway station.


Police said their inquiries in to the teenager’s disappearance were continuing.


South Wales Police Chief Inspector Ian Bellshaw said: “We are very relieved that Gerwyn has been found this afternoon in the London area and appears to be in good health.


“I want to thank the public and the media for their help and co-operation in trying to find him over the last four weeks.


“We believe the media appeals in the south of England over the last few days have been instrumental in finding him.”


A poster campaign was launched in the Merthyr area as part of the search, and a youth worker said Gerwyn’s classmates at Pen Y Dre school had become concerned for him.


The last confirmed sighting of Gerwyn was the day after he went missing, when he was caught on CCTV in Merthyr town centre.


Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism.

Missing teen Gerwyn Morgan found in Essex


THE relieved family of teenager Gerwyn Morgan, who has been found safe and well, are waiting to be reunited with him after a month of despair.


News was broken to mum Carole Curtis on Tuesday afternoon that a teenager had been found by police in Basildon, Essex.


“It was the longest two-and-a-half hours of my life waiting for them to confirm it was Gerwyn,” said Mrs Curtis, who faced the agonising wait at Merthyr Tydfil Police Station.


“When I see him I’m going to give him a big cwtch and I know I’ll break down crying.”


Gerwyn, who has Asperger’s Syndrome and needs to take daily medication, disappeared on September 24 from his family home in Merthyr Tydfil and sparked an extensive police and family search.


It is understood Gerwyn was found in Essex following a tip-off to police that he was meeting someone.


Mrs Curtis said yesterday: “I’m so relieved but despondent because I haven’t been able to speak to Gerwyn.


“I was told they were waiting for a police doctor to see if he was well enough to travel and social services would be involved. At the moment I’m still in limbo. I’m worst now than when he was missing. I’m at my wits’ end, I haven’t got a clue what’s happening.”


She said Gerwyn was back in Wales but didn’t know where.


“I know he is safe but I need to see him for myself to know in my own heart he is well,” she said.


“I just want my son home. I’ve been told social services have to be involved and other agencies. I’ve been waiting for other agencies to be involved and help for the past eight years.


“It has taken something like this to get anywhere. I’ve been told he’s with some foster family somewhere.”


Merthyr-based Chief Inspector Ian Bellshaw, who was involved in the search for Gerwyn, said: “We are very relieved that Gerwyn has been found in the London area and appears to be in good health.


“I want to thank the public and the media for their help and co-operation in trying to find him over the past four weeks.”


During that time members of his family searched the streets and put up missing posters. Police and his tutor at Penydre High School also made appeals through the media.


A sighting of Gerwyn at Bristol Temple Meads railway station, two days after he went missing and confirmed on CCTV footage, provided a breakthrough.


Mrs Curtis travelled to Bristol last Friday with police officers to make a TV appeal and this week, a month since Gerwyn went missing, police had planned a major leaflet drop in Merthyr, Cardiff and Bristol to enlist the help of milkmen, bus and taxi drivers.


Source:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/merthyr/2008/10/23/missing-teen-gerwyn-morgan-found-in-essex-91466-22094638/



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