‘ANY problem can be sorted out as a family, just please come home’.
These are the emotional words of mother of missing man Kieran Smith, who has appealed for her son – missing for two weeks tomorrow – to get in touch.
Speaking at the spot in Ranvilles Lane, near Fareham, where Kieran was last seen by a dog walker, Linda Payne said that no problem was insurmountable.
Mrs Payne, 48, of Harcourt Road, said: ‘Kieran is a much-loved member of our family and we miss him very much.
‘We will never give up our search until he is found. Any problems he feels he may have, we are here to love and support him no matter what it is.’
Mrs Payne made the emotional plea for help as police confirmed they would only be conducting searches on reported sightings, which have begun to dry up, despite a few unconfirmed reports on social media on Saturday.
Kieran, 24, was last seen by his family at his home in Harcourt Road, Fareham, just after midday on Tuesday, March 10.
The self-employed builder, who was out of work, fled his home and was spotted by a dog walker walking up Ranvilles Lane, towards the Stubbington Ark.
His friends and family were deeply concerned for his mental health after he was talked down by police from a 90ft pylon in Cosham the previous day.
Two Facebook groups helping to co-ordinate the search have attracted more than 4,000 followers combined and his friends have been putting up posters in Fareham, Gosport, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Mrs Payne said: ‘We want to thank everyone for their support and help so far but we want to appeal to anyone who has not seen our appeals to find Kieran.
‘Maybe you were in the area that day and saw someone fitting Kieran’s description but haven’t connected it to Kieran’s disappearance.
‘We are asking for everyone to think back. Do you remember seeing Kieran walking in the area that day?’
Police officer Douglas Utting, of the Eastern Investigation Team at Fratton, said they were hoping that somebody may be able to tell them which direction Kieran had gone in.
Kieran, whose nickname is Jibba, is deaf in one ear and wears a hearing aid in the other. He was wearing a navy blue woollen hoodie, navy blue T-shirt, grey jogging bottoms and white boots when he was last seen.
The Facebook groups are ‘Help Find Kieran Smith (Jibba)’ and ‘Please help find Kieran smith – Jibba’.
Anyone with information can call police 101.