Family’s anguish as Portsmouth woman Tracy Goddard remains missing

Tracy Goddard
Tracy Goddard
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THE heartbroken husband of missing Tracy Goddard has pleaded for her safe return and vowed not to leave their home until she comes back.

Jerry Goddard says his family has been ‘ripped apart’ by the 49-year-old’s disappearance on Tuesday morning.

30/10/14  ''Family of missing woman Tracy Goddard. Husband Jerry Goddard and step-son Tom Walker 20.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143053-1) PPP-141030-170738003

30/10/14 ''Family of missing woman Tracy Goddard. Husband Jerry Goddard and step-son Tom Walker 20.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143053-1) PPP-141030-170738003

The couple, who have six children between them, were due to renew their wedding vows today in a Gothic-style ceremony at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth.

But the special occasion has been scrapped and their plans to go away are on hold because of Mrs Goddard’s mysterious disappearance.

Fighting back tears, Mr Goddard, 51, of Earlsdon Street, Southsea, who has been married to Tracy for 17 years, said: ‘We are just one big, happy family which is being ripped apart at the moment until she comes home.

‘We just want her to come back. We are going through hell.

Missing Tracy Goddard leaving Leamington House in Portsmouth shortly after 8.30am on October 28

Missing Tracy Goddard leaving Leamington House in Portsmouth shortly after 8.30am on October 28

‘I am not leaving this flat until she comes home. She is part of this flat like the rest of us.

‘I’m heartbroken. It’s still early days but it’s unbelievable she’s gone, she just seemed normal as ever.’

As reported, Mrs Goddard, manager of One Stop, in North End, was last seen shortly after 8.30am on Tuesday when she was captured on CCTV, above, leaving her Leamington House flat.

She then walked towards Winston Churchill Avenue and stopped at the Spar shop to buy a newspaper, before walking north on Charles Dickens Street towards Isambard Brunel Road.

Mrs Goddard’s family say they have been told she may have headed towards Victoria Park.

Mrs Goddard’s son Tom Walker, 20, said: ‘I feel empty. I just want her back. I don’t know what is going through my head.’

Mrs Goddard was due to look after her daughter Kayleigh Cousins’ three children in Paulsgrove that morning but did not show up.

Mrs Cousins said her stepsisters have been out every night since scouring the streets for Tracy and her brother has also been on the search.

‘We are a bit desperate,’ she said.

‘Someone out there must know where she is.

‘She loves her work and has quite a social life with her work colleagues.

‘She dotes on my children.’

Hampshire Constabulary has said Mrs Goddard may be injured and in need of medical treatment, however details have not been revealed.

Sharon Miller, 59, of Fratton, who was due to be a guest at the wedding event, said: ‘I can’t get my head around it at all.

‘I have racked my brain about everything that it could be.’

Mrs Goddard is 5ft 11in and was wearing a black coat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CID at Fratton police station on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.