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First Published Tuesday, 21 October 2008

London

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.


Source:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7682794.stm

Missing teenager Gerwyn is found safe

MISSING Valleys teenager Gerwyn Morgan has been found safe and well today.


Gerwyn, 15, who disappeared from his home in Merthyr Tydfil four weeks ago, has been located by police in the London area.


Merthyr Chief Inspector Ian Bellshaw, who has been involved in the search for Gerwyn, 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.”


Gerwyn’s step-father Mike Curtis, 57, said: “It’s been four weeks so obviously we’re very happy and relieved he’s been found.


“With his disability, and the fact he’s not street wise at all, I did start to think the worst.


“We had confirmation from the police in England at about 2pm that he’s been found in Basildon, in Essex.


“They had a tip off this afternoon that he was going to meet someone, and they turned up and saw it was him.


“We don’t know if he’s going to be brought home today or if the police are going to keep him there for a de-brief and bring him home tomorrow.


“They probably will keep him there to find out what it is he’s been doing for the last month.”


Source:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/merthyr/2008/10/21/missing-teenager-gerwyn-is-found-safe-91466-22085366/

Essex, UK

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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